Mairead Forrest is in her second season as head coach of the Morristown-Beard Girls soccer program. She joined the program as an assistant for both the JV and Varsity teams in 2018, and helped lead the Varsity to the program’s first Non-Public B State Championship that same year. Prior to joining the coaching staff at Morristown-Beard, Forrest gained experience serving as coach and trainer for AP2T, a premier soccer specific fitness organization that specializes in training collegiate and professional athletes, for over five years. Additionally, she served as a volunteer coach for the Wardlaw-Hartridge Girls soccer program in 2017. Three of Forrest’s former standout players are currently playing at the NCAA Division 1 level: Juliette Pike ‘19 at Brown University, Gena Pike ‘19 at Fairfield University, and Maggie Cotter ‘19 at Colgate University.
A life-long New Jersey resident, Forrest is a graduate of the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison. As a four year varsity starter, two year program captain, and center-midfielder for the school’s girls soccer program, she led the Rams to a Prep B Tournament finalist finish, two Non-Public B Sectional finalist finishes, and three divisionional titles. During her high school career, Forrest was named to the All-Prep B first and second teams twice each, the All-Conference team once, the All-State first team twice, and to the All-division team all four years. During her club career as a center-back for the Player’s Development Academy (PDA), Forrest’s team, the Slammers, clinched five state titles and three National Championships; one USYS and two ECNL. She culminated her competitive playing career as a member of the Women's Soccer team at the College of the Holy Cross, which competes at the NCAA Division 1 level.
Forrest earned her bachelor's degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross, graduating with honors. She is a member of the Morristown-Beard English Department faculty, teaching various 11th and 12th grade courses.