Two weeks after being named the new girls soccer coach at Sycamore High School, Kevin Bickley said he is looking for the program to take the next step forward.
“Obviously, the talent is there,” Bickley said. “[Sycamore] was always a team that was a challenge for us in the past. They seem to be a team that reloads every year with freshmen and new talent. I am hoping to bring a lot of energy, a new voice and the experience I have gotten over the years and the excitement. They have the talent. There’s no reason why they can’t make another run.”
Although this is Bickley’s first job as a varsity head coach, he has a lot of coaching experience. Bickley was the men’s soccer coach at Kishwaukee Community College from 2011 to 2013. He also has coached soccer at Kaneland under Scott Parillo for many years.
Bickley still will be on Kaneland’s coaching staff through the end of the fall season.
“I just found out about two weeks ago that I got the job,” Bickley said. “I am already committed to being a boys coach at Kaneland for this season, so I couldn’t just leave them without a coach. I’m going to finish up the fall with them. Hopefully, we can have a player meeting soon. I was able to be at freshman orientation and meet some of the incoming freshmen who are interested in playing.”
Bickley is not a teacher or employee of the Sycamore School District. Spartans athletic director Chauncey Carrick said that he had no apprehension about bringing in an outsider to lead a varsity program.
Bickley takes over for Dave Lichamer, who had coached the team since 2003, leading them to two state tournaments and four straight regional titles. He left with a career record of 233-94-27 and had only one losing season.
“I think that there are two things that really stuck out to us with [Bickley],” Carrick said. “First and foremost was his great knowledge of the game. He loves the game of soccer, and he has a great way of teaching the game and always seems to make the players and coaches around him better. The second thing that we loved is that he is a member of the community. His kids go to school here, and he has ties to the community. ... [Bickley] wasn’t at the Kaneland School District, and when he was at Kish, he had another position as well. He knows how to manage his time and will put the program first and foremost. He knows what he is doing.”
Sycamore will open the 2019 campaign March 19 at Rockford Auburn.