At 25-years-old, Britt Sellmayer was fresh out of college working as an accountant when he began volunteering his time as a youth soccer coach.
"I found myself spending all day waiting to coach that team," Sellmayer said. "I liked it more than anything I was doing at work. I couldn't wait till 5 so i could get out there.
"So I made a change and went back to school to become a teacher and be able to coach soccer."
With a 2-0 win at home over Sharon on Thursday, Sellmayer notched his 300th career win as the Oliver Ames girls' soccer coach. You can tell within minutes of talking with him that he has zero regrets about the decision.
"I feel good, I'm lucky to have been in the same place for 18 years," he said. "When I was first applying for jobs I had two offers, but the choice to come here was easy."
In his tenure as coach, Sellmayer has taken the Tigers to three state championships, but it's not the championships that he remembers most fondly.
"I can't really pick out a favorite memory," he said. "I just remember a lot of great kids and awesome families that have come through. Getting to know all them has been my favorite part of all this."
The Tigers are off to another stellar season at 8-2-1. They're ranked No. 20 in Eastern Massachusetts in the Globe Top 20 for girls soccer.
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