MCHS soccer coaching status up in the air

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The soccer coach carousel at Moffat County High School keeps on spinning.

Last month, boys head coach Seth Young resigned and the position was awarded to then U-14 boys coach Rusty Cox.

Last week, girls head coach Alegra Yager introduced U-14 girls coach Dave Rodriguez as her new high school assistant.

Three days later, Yager resigned, stating a need to further her education - on and off the field - as the major reason for her change of heart.

So where does that leave the MCHS soccer program?

New MCHS athletic director Rick Penner will have to figure it out.

Looking into the soccer program when he arrives "will be my first priority," Penner said from Denver. "All I know right now is that we need a few new coaches. I talked to (new MCHS principal Thom Schnellinger), and he told me they were going to wait for me to get there, and then it was pretty much going to be in my hands at that point."

Penner is scheduled to arrive the first week of July.

As it stands, Cox is the head boys coach, with no assistant named yet and Rodriguez is the assistant girls coach, with no head coach.

Cindy Vorhies, Moffat County School District personnel assistant, said the hiring of the coaches is "undetermined."

"It's a formal interview process that we go through," she said. "We want to wait for Mr. Penner to arrive so he can have his hands in the whole thing. The A.D. naturally plays a role in that decision, but as of now, you (interested parties) can still apply. The position is open until it is filled."

The girls team went 1-11 last season under Yager, and the boys 4-9-1 with Young at the helm.

Schnellinger said there was no rush to hire new coaches.

"We want to wait and make sure we do this well," he said. "As far as the girls team goes, we have a lot of time. There is no need to rush. Rick (Penner) will be here soon. We have some great candidates in the wings, and it's highly plausible that we have this sewn up by Aug. 1."

Yager and Young have led the MCHS soccer program for the past three years. Yager was Young's assistant on the boys team for two years, while Young was Yager's assistant for this season's girls team.

Young said he believes the team may have some instability this season because of the changes, but that won't stop him from keeping an eye on the program.

"I think the older kids might take (the changes) pretty hard," he said. "But, the younger kids have all played with these new coaches as part of the U-14 program. They are going to know the guys coming in. I can't wait to see how they are doing a few years from now.

"I'll still be keeping tabs on them."

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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