Wolverines hunting for soccer coaches
With little more than a month to go before the kickoff of soccer season, Truckee High Athletic Director Bob Shaffer is desperately searching for coaching candidates after receiving a letter of resignation Friday from both varsity coaches, Hernan and Amy Valdivia.
“It’s a position we have to fill, so I’m hoping someone from the area will apply,” Shaffer said.
Time is of the essence. The first day of soccer practice is scheduled for Aug. 13, and play begins Aug. 24 in the Galena Tournament, said Shaffer, who admitted he was caught off guard by the news.
“It really took me by surprise,” he said. “I didn’t see it coming.”
Amy Valdivia, head coach of the varsity girls program the past three years, said time constraints as a result of her and her husband working full-time was one of the primary reasons they resigned. The couple also wanted to spend more time with their 1-year-old daughter Chloe.
“It was a tough decision to make for both of us, but I think it was the best decision as far as family goes,” said Hernan, who in two years as the boys head coach led the Wolverines to a state championship in 2005 and a state runner-up finish this past year.
The Truckee boys posted a 39-8-1 record overall in Hernan’s two years.
Amy, after taking the Truckee girls to the playoffs during her first season, led her team to a 35-8-3 record the past two years. Last season she was voted Northern 3A Coach of the Year after the Wolverines finished runner-up to Incline in the state championship.
Aside from their on-field success, both of the popular coaches assembled close-knit teams while earning the admiration of their players, Shaffer said.
“We’re going to miss them immensely. They did a great job,” Shaffer said. “They always made sure the kids got help when they needed it. They were great role models. They are both great people.”
The topic of their departure noticeably saddened both coaches.
“I had an excellent time,” Amy said when asked over the phone to reflect on her tenure.
“I love the girls; that’s going to be the hardest thing,” she continued, her voice quivering slightly with emotion. “I felt like I had a really good group.”
Hernan said he is confident that the boys program will continue its winning ways.
“There’s a strong core group coming back,” he said. “I think they’ll be more than OK. It’s a young group that lost in the final last year, so they should be able to make that next step.”
The Truckee High varsity girls soccer program is tied with North Tahoe for most Nevada state titles (five) and most consecutive titles (three from 1996-1998). Truckee’s boys also have won five state championships, second only to North Tahoe’s six.
Those interested in coaching the Truckee High varsity girls or boys soccer teams may contact Craig Smith at 582-2502.