Model soccer had a huge void to fill when Steve Savage retired. Savage had been head coach for the Patriots for 27 seasons and won 301 games including seven district championships and a pair of regional titles. Athletic Director Scott Sutton was looking for someone to help Model continue to reach the next level, Model won 13 games last season including a win over Lexington Catholic and a trip to the 11th region All A championship where the Patriots fell on penalty kicks.
The team introduced Tim Masthay, former punter for the Kentucky Wildcats and the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He won a Super Bowl during his time with the Packers. Masthay is big name hire that will bring excitement to the average fan who remembers his time at UK or in the NFL but Sutton was most impressed with Tim wanting to be at Model.
Masthay played soccer at Murray High School where he was an all state player and he scored 23 goals with 6 assists in senior season. Tim said yesterday at the press conference, “I was attracted being at an All A school because Murray was an All A School. I also being the small school trying to beat the big schools” AD Sutton had this to say about the hire, “You can have a sexy hire and you can have the right hire, and Tim meets both of those. When we sat down and talked with him, he really blew our doors off.”
Masthay brings me than a name to Model. During his time with the Packers he helped at West De Pere High school where the soccer coaching bug bit him. After retiring he moved back to central Kentucky and coached became an assistant coach with Centre College. He helped lead the team to the Division 3 final four.