On the rise: Carvajal named head coach of Wilton boys soccer team

At this rate, the Wilton High boys soccer program will need to keep adding teams in order to keep Edwin Carvajal employed.

After two seasons as an assistant, Carvajal became coach of the freshman team in 2017. Last year, he moved up to coach the junior varsity team. This season, he’s ascending again.

Carvajal, a former Wilton High player, was officially named head coach of the varsity team on Friday, replacing longtime coach Jim Lewicki, who resigned following the end of the 2018 season. Lewicki was Wilton’s head coach for 15 years.

“I’ve known Jim since third grade; he’s like a second father to me,” said Carvajal, a 2010 graduate of Wilton High who went on to play soccer at the University of New Haven. “He said that he looked on me as his successor, and I’m honored to be taking over for him.”

“I am most impressed with the way he connects to the student-athletes,” said Wilton Athletic Director Chris McDougal about Carvajal. “He has a very positive way about him, and we are very lucky to have him as our head coach.”

One plus for Carvajal is his familiarity with players: This will be his third straight year of advancing alongside the juniors who make the varsity squad.

“They know the style I like to play,” said Carvajal. “It won’t be as much of an adjustment for them.”

Carvajal said he prefers a quicker tempo than Wilton’s varsity has traditionally played under Lewicki.

“I’m a very possession-minded coach,” said Carvajal. “Jim was a little more direct. I see the world in terms of five-to-10 yard pases; he was comfortable with longer passes, especially out to the wings.

“I love to play fast and really move the ball,” added Carvajal. “To me that’s the most beautiful style.”

Carvajal will have his first training session with Wilton players on Aug. 29, the first official day for practices and tryouts. The Warriors went 4-9-3 last fall, failing to qualify for either the conference or state tournaments.

“I’m excited to get started,” he said. “The FCIAC is a tough conference, but it’s a challenge I am looking forward to.”

Carvajal is from Norwalk but was able to attend Wilton schools because his mom and dad both work in the Wilton school system.

He earned All-FCIAC East Division honors as a senior captain at Wilton High before going on to New Haven, where he played in 61 games (36 as a starter) over four seasons. A defensive midfielder, Carvajal ended his college career with four assists.

Carvajal was chosen as New Haven’s MVP for the 2013 season, when he was a senior.

Following graduation, Carvajal taught at Cider Mill Elementary School in Wilton. He is now teaching at Fox Run Elementary School in Norwalk.

“Wilton was a great place for me to go to school and play high school soccer,” said Carvajal. “I thought that it would be good to give something back, and I hope to do that as head coach.”