The 2008 Sequoyah High School graduate was hired Tuesday as the new girls soccer coach at Etowah.
Dover, a four-year letter-winner at Sequoyah, was twice named the Cherokee Tribune Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008. She went on play soccer for two years at Georgia State before transferring to North Georgia to finish her career alongside her younger sister, Creekview product Whitley Dover.
After college, Emily Dover joined the Atlanta Silverbacks semi-pro women’s team before moving into coaching. She served last season as an assistant coach at Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County.
Dover, who once led the county in career goals, replaces John Murnan, who spent seven years in charge of Etowah’s girls soccer program.
Dover said she enjoyed coaching at Mill Creek, but in the end, she missed Cherokee County.
“I grew up near Sequoyah,” she said. “I really wanted to be back working and living in Cherokee County.”
Dover said she left Georgia State following her sophomore year for similar reasons. Coupled with the demands of playing Division I soccer, Dover said playing at Division II North Georgia allowed her to be more than just a student-athlete.
Etowah has built a tradition of success, but it struggled last season.
In 2013, Etowah went 13-6 overall and fell in the first round of the state playoffs. This season, the Lady Eagles were just 7-10-1 overall and won only three region games. On seven occasions they were shut out, and held to one goal five times.
Dover hopes to bring an offensive boost at Etowah, even if she won’t actually be on the field. A lifelong player, she believes that she will be able to relate to her players and push them to the next level.
As a senior at North Georgia in 2011, Dover had one of the best seasons in program history, starting all 20 games and leading the Peach Belt Conference with 16 goals and 37 points. She was named first-team all-conference.
Dover graduated with a degree in early childhood education and special education.