SOMERSWORTH — Somersworth High School has three new varsity coaches, including two alumni. Former three-sport star Bryant Lausberg is the new ice hockey coach for the Somersworth-Coe-Brown cooperative team.
Lausberg takes over from Ron Siering, who resigned after two seasons.
Lausberg, 25, is a 2007 Somersworth grad. He starred in football, ice hockey and baseball, and was a member of the 2005 Class M state championship baseball team. He is also one of the leading scorers in hockey history (176 points, 4th). He later attended Plymouth State University where he spent three seasons on the varsity baseball team. He is currently in his second year as a K-6 physical education teacher at Rollinsford Grade School.
“It was the chance to come back to the community I grew up in,” said Lausberg, who is the head coach of a high school varsity team for the first time. “I knew I wanted to coach here.”
He does have coaching experience, particularly in baseball, as a head coach of the Plymouth American Legion team (3 years), as well as a showcase coach, and an assistant coach for the Plymouth State baseball team (a year and a half).
His only experience coaching ice hockey came in November and December of 2011 when he was student teaching Rochester, and he worked briefly with Paul George and the Spaulding team.
“I’m excited to coach the team here having played for the program and had success,” Lausberg said. “We had some good teams here. Honestly, it has a lot to do with pride and coming back. It’s the opportunity to come back and teach and coach in the community I grew up in. It’s a valuable chance.”
The Bearcats have not made the playoffs since moving up to Division II after the 2010-11 season in which the then Somersworth team went undefeated to win its only state championship in D-III.
Lausberg will be assisted by old high school teammate Shane Maurice, as well as Samantha Hippern, a Somersworth native who starred on the St. Thomas/Dover state championship girls hockey team in 2009. She later attended New England College and played for the women’s ice hockey team there.
“We have a young, hungry coaching staff,” Lausberg said. “We have a lot to learn and a passion for the sport. We’re all from Somersworth, and we all care deeply about the community.”