Graduate Assistant Coach Lila Remache Keeps Her Passion Alive with the Columbus Eagles

After her first season as graduate assistant coach for Capital's Women's Soccer, Lila Remache's passion bucket is still overflowing to play the game she grew up loving.
After her first season as graduate assistant coach for Capital's Women's Soccer, Lila Remache's passion bucket is still overflowing to play the game she grew up loving.

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hanging up the cleats is something that no athlete looks forward to. After competing for years, there is rarely a substitute for feeling a ball at your feet, hearing the snap of the net or the rush of the wind on a breakaway. For most, getting back on the field is a need that cannot be ignored for long.

Lila Remache, about to enter her second season as the graduate assistant women's soccer coach at Capital University, aimed to lace up her cleats and compete again.

That's when she found Columbus Eagles Football Club. The Eagles are in their fifth season as part of the Women's Premier Soccer League and compete in the nine-team Ohio Valley Conference of the WPSL's East Region. The WPSL is the largest women's soccer league in the world with more than 100 clubs in 33 states and two in Canada.

"There are a lot of recreational teams, adult soccer leagues that I could have played in but I wanted something competitive," Remache said. "Being with this team has been amazing. It's really competitive, practice is really competitive, we have really good girls. I thought I was done improving my game but being around really good players makes me want to be a better player."

A native of Taverny, France, a northwestern suburb of Paris, Remache played the majority of her college soccer at NAIA Auburn University-Montgomery as a midfielder and forward prior to putting on the Purple and White. Before coming to the U.S. for college, she played for local French clubs Cosmo Ermont and FAS Herblay, the latter a team in the second tier of France's women's domestic soccer league. The Eagles' roster features several former Division I players, a few current college players and former Capital defender Monique Hanayik '17.

After spending the season as an assistant coach this past year, Remache knew that she wanted to get back on the pitch and Capital head coach Matt Ogden recommended she try out for the Eagles because of the relationship he maintains with Hanayik.

"I thought I was done after college," Remache said. "I was thinking 'Okay, I'm tired, my knees are tired,' but after seeing the girls this past season here at Capital and seeing how much they enjoy the game, how much they want to play and be competitive and creating this little family made me want to play again. I still have something to give out there. I'm not done just yet."

On June 16, the Eagles set a new franchise record for points in a single season with 11 and are 3-1-2 in WPSL play. Columbus sits in third in the Ohio Valley Conference with two games to play.

In addition to playing with the Eagles, Remache is spending the summer as a player development intern with Columbus Crew SC organizing youth camps and helping run the team's summer activities and is taking classes as she works towards her Master of Business Administration degree.

Her time with the Eagles and Crew have not only made her a better player but Remache believes that she will return to the Crusaders in the fall with a better understanding of the game and new ways to teach the team.

"If I knew all of the stuff that I do now as a coach, I would have been a completely different player," she said. "Now playing with the Eagles, I'm a completely different player than I was with my college team. It's the same game but two different approaches. Just looking at the game has helped me as a coach."

Remache and the Eagles will return to the pitch on Saturday, June 30 at Otterbein University's Memorial Stadium to take on Indy Saints FC in Columbus' final home match of the season. Capital Women's Soccer opens its season on Friday, August 31 vs. Wittenberg University at 5 p.m. on Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium.