A Wayland–Cohocton graduate found good fortune down State Route 21 when it was announced that he was tapped to be the next head coach of the Hornell girls’ varsity soccer program. Mike Wilkinson, 26, will take over for another Red Raider legend Sandy Hillman, who had replaced Yvonne Knataitis.

A Wayland–Cohocton graduate found good fortune down State Route 21 when it was announced that he was tapped to be the next head coach of the Hornell girls’ varsity soccer program. Mike Wilkinson, 26, will take over for another Red Raider legend Sandy Hillman, who had replaced Yvonne Knataitis.


“Those are big shoes to fill because Sandy has coached many of these girls all the way through the program,” Wilkinson said. “She had many of these girls since they were about 6 years old. That’s a tough act to follow.”


Following Hornell’s Section V Championship a year ago, the job to maintain that level of play will be a challenge for the rookie head coach.


“We lost six starters from that team including the Livingston County Player of the Year,” Wilkinson said. “It won’t be an easy road, but following an 18-2 season last year, these girls know what it takes to win and they’re working hard.”


Wilkinson comes with some coaching experience with the modified girls soccer program in the Maple City last fall and assisted with boys basketball last winter.


Wilkinson is a 2003 graduate of Wayland–Cohocton and graduated from SUNY-Brockport in 2007.