Skagit Valley College Cardinals name new coaches as new era begins


Tony Savoy.

MOUNT VERNON, WA— The Skagit Valley College soccer program begins a new era with the announcement by the school that Tony Savoy has been named Soccer Coordinator for the school and will also coach the Cardinals Women. He’ll work alongside Joe Spencer, who has been named head coach for the Men.

In an article from the Skagit Valley Herald, Savoy says, ““I’m really excited. I always go back to my soccer beginnings at Skagit and really believe I am where I am now because of it.”

Savoy played at Skagit Valley College in 1992 and 1994 under coach Dave Ryberg.

“Just before I got there and right after I left, the team won championships,” Savoy said. “So 23 years later, I am still hanging onto it. I am looking for that championship.”

Savoy is known in the region for his ownership of the Flyers Brewery. He’s also started a Craft Brewery program at SVC.

Joe Spencer.

Joe Spencer played at Skagit Valley College in 1998 and 1999 and won a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges title under coach Tim Babcock in 1998.

Spencer has been the head Boys Soccer coach at Meridian High School in Bellingham for nine years, taking the school to the District playoffs five times and to State twice.

In the article SVC Athletic Director Steve Epperson says, ““Both have a history here back when the program was winning and doing well. Back when there was a passion for Skagit Valley soccer. We want to return to that. They are quality people and coaches. The timing of this really worked out so we could hire them both.”


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