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Whittell seeking soccer coaches for 2015 season; boys team returns after hiatus

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com

Whittell High will have new leadership on the pitch next fall. The Warriors’ boys and girls soccer programs currently have head coaching vacancies — and are aiming to fill the positions as soon as possible.

“The sooner the better,” Whittell athletic director Steve Maltase said. “The sooner we can introduce a coach, gather the kids up a little bit and do summer workouts the better.”

Whittell’s defending Div. III state champion girls program is seeking a coach to replace Patrick Kelly, who is stepping away from the team to spend more time with his family and months-old triplets. In 2014, the Warriors won the second title in program history after falling short in the championship the previous two years.

Whittell has a solid core returning next season, including Div. III MVP and leading scorer Kenya Maltase along with Div. III Defensive MVP Daria Sharon. Both players will be in their senior seasons and join Warriors’ juniors-to-be and All-State first team selections Ali Copsy, Madison Idso and Gigi Stetler.

“The sooner we can introduce a coach, gather the kids up a little bit and do summer workouts the better.”

“They have a pretty decent shot of repeating as state champions, and we’re going to be selective with who we pick,” Maltase said.

For Whittell’s boys team, its new coach will take over a team returning from a one-year hiatus. The Warriors went a combined 27-11 under Royal Good in the two years prior to going dark due to a lack of numbers — including a Div. III runner-up finish in 2012.

“We’re definitely excited,” Maltase said. “We have a long-standing, traditional program and last year we didn’t have enough kids.”

Eighteen players turned out for a recent boys soccer meeting, enough to field a team for the 2015 season. But the Warriors won’t be able to return to the pitch without a head coach.

“We’re hoping we can pull that off,” Maltase said, “but we definitely need a coach in place to get the ball rolling or else we’re going to end up in the same position as we were before.”

Whittell also has a head coach opening for JV girls basketball next winter. The Warriors didn’t field a girls JV team last season, and Maltase said the position will be open until the fall.

The three vacancies are posted online in the Employment section of the Douglas County School District website and can be found at http://www.applitrack.com/dcsd/onlineapp/default.aspx. Anyone with questions about the positions can call the school at (775) 588-2446 and leave a message for Maltase.


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