WAYNESBORO, Pa. —For more than 30 years, Robert Stum paced the sidelines at Waynesboro High School and left an indelible imprint on the community as he pioneered the school’s first boys soccer team in the 1960s and paved the way for the formation of its first girls soccer team in the late 1990s.
Now, the torch has been passed on to his son.
Brian Stum was named Waynesboro’s new boys soccer coach on Feb. 13. Stum, who replaces Doug Beckner, will be just the Indians’ fourth head coach, as they prepare for their 50th season.
“I had the pleasure of playing under a lot of good coaches. I’d like to think that I would bring a lot (of their philosophies) to this program,” Stum said.
Waynesboro athletic director Eric McIlquham is hopeful Stum’s pedigree will help bring the Indians back to the top following a mediocre 6-11-1 season last fall.
“We are very pleased to introduce Brian as our new coach,” McIlquham wrote in a press release. “Brian has been involved in soccer here in the Waynesboro area all his life and brings a wealth of experience and success to our fields. I am looking forward to working with Coach Stum in putting Waynesboro boys soccer back on top.”
While playing at Waynesboro from 1979-82, Stum earned league MVP honors, was an all-state first team and all-Mid-Atlantic selection and was part of several national travel teams.
Stum went on to Longwood University in Farmville, Va., and started as a freshman for the nationally ranked Lancers. He then left college and started his own company, B&D Landscaping, which is now celebrating its 24th year in operation and has become a staple in the community.
Stum’s name is synonymous with youth soccer in Waynesboro. Like his father, he preaches hard work and discipline in all of his teams.
“Talent that works hard will always prevail over talent that doesn’t,” Stum said.
Stum has led his youth-level teams to championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012 in the Division I and Premier circuits. His current team, Boro Pride, will travel to Baltimore for the Baltimore Mania college showcase on March 16-17 — significant because Boro Pride is one of a handful of teams that is not a Premier Club.
Boro Pride’s roster includes 11 current Waynesboro players — all of them sophomores. Stum believes a strong showing by the sophomores in the Baltimore showcase will determine how well the high school team will fare in its season.
More importantly, Stum hopes to make his players better both on and off the pitch.
“Work ethic, both on and off the field, is important,” he said. “I want to prepare the kids for the game, but also for life after the game.”
As Waynesboro heads into its 2013 campaign, the Indians’ 50th year of soccer will feel like the first, as a Stum will be on the sideline looking to make another imprint on a community that has benefited deeply from the family’s contributions.