As expected, Tim Velten has been selected to replace Tim Cashel as the boys soccer coach at Webster Groves High School.

Velten, who has spent the past five seasons as a top assistant coach, was a logical choice to replace Cashel, who announced his retirement in late March after 17 seasons as head coach, where he compiled a 241-157-26 record, including back-to-back state championships in 2014 and 2015, and a state runner-up finish in 2018.

Velten, a 2001 Webster Groves graduate, was also an assistant boys basketball coach for Jay Blossom, and the head junior varsity coach this past season.

Velten, 35, was a standout in soccer, basketball and baseball at WGHS. He played soccer and baseball at SIU-Edwardsville for two years, then transferred to the University of Louisville to focus on soccer. He also played professional soccer for four years before returning to Webster to begin his teaching career, where he’s been a physical education teacher at Avery Elementary School.

Cashel said Velten is right for the job.

“As a former student and player at Webster, Tim will be 100 percent invested in continuing to grow what is already an exceptional soccer program,” Cashel said. “His knowledge of the game, ability to communicate ideas and exceptional character will make him the ideal leader for all who have an interest in the success of Webster Groves soccer and the holistic development of its players.”