Mission San Jose excessive has dropped its soccer application, Athletic Director Tom Thomsen demonstrated Wednesday.
"It became a lack of interest with our scholar physique. We had 12 children signed up. we've had no coach apply for the position due to the fact that our previous educate resigned," he spoke of. "ordinarily involved about numbers. it's a safety situation as neatly."
Thomsen stated that all three ranges (varsity, junior varsity, freshman) could be dropped. Mission San Jose prior to now dropped its varsity program in 2002 as a result of an absence of gamers, but resumed enjoying in 2003. Thomsen did not touch upon if this recent decision would be permanent or now not.
A letter from Thomsen and foremost Zack Larsen sent to college students and oldsters on may additionally 6 that changed into received by means of Bay enviornment information neighborhood, cited "There are without problems no longer sufficient fascinated gamers to successfully and safely box teams. moreover, we have not had any candidates for the pinnacle teaching position despite numerous attempts to attract an involved and certified individual."
The letter stated that students who wish to continue to play football can follow to John F. Kennedy-Fremont or Washington-Fremont, that are open enrollment faculties. college students wishing to switch ought to have performed football closing fall, be academically eligible and should not be the discipline of any discipline inquiry or action, the letter pointed out. It also cited that college students who meet these requirements would be granted full athletic eligibility.
Mission San Jose's soccer application, which all started within the 1960s, has loved past success, including a North Coast section 3A championship title in 1977. but the recent previous has been difficult for the soldiers. Its varsity group has not won greater than three video games in a season, or a couple of game within the Mission Valley Athletic League, in at least the previous 12 seasons. It broke a 53-video game MVAL losing streak on Oct. 10, 2014. but changed into 1-9 in league play due to the fact that then. Mission San Jose is a Division 1 college in the North Coast part.
in all probability its most noted soccer alumnus was 1978 graduate Gary Plummer, a linebacker who had a 12-yr NFL career and received an excellent Bowl title with the 49ers.
When reached Wednesday, Plummer by means of text message gave thanks to the coaches who "gave me the discipline and the fundamentals that helped elevate me via 15 years of pro football."
"It was a storied program from the '60s into the '80s," Plummer delivered. "MSJ has dropped football before so hopefully they'll get the application lower back in the no longer-too-distant future."
other alumni who played within the NFL protected Joe Krakoski (type of 1981), a linebacker who played for Washington, and Justin Medlock (classification of 2002), a kicker who performed for Kansas city and Carolina.
Sam Baugh stated that he resigned as the Warriors educate in January as a result of he had a possible job probability in Minnesota. "i used to be in doubt if i was going to be there (at Mission San Jose), and it wasn't reasonable to them if I couldn't commit," Baugh pointed out. he's also engaged on finishing his liberal arts diploma.
He observed that when he heard the information that Mission San Jose turned into losing its soccer program "i needed to drag my whistle returned out. it be a tragedy. I can't say I failed to see it coming. The college has a difficult time. Its center of attention is not on football ... it's such an educational-attentive faculty ... it's in fact problematic to discover the kids to commit the time it takes to be a success in soccer.
Baugh spoke of that the group's development the previous few seasons is rarely evident by means of simply looking at its list. He became head coach in 2012 and was the junior varsity educate from 2009-2011.
"If someone does not be aware of soccer and looks at the checklist, it truly looks awful. but if you look on the change in the scores and the particular person data we set ... we now have six to seven children taking part in faculty soccer over the last 4 years. we've had a measure of success. we now have been in a position to do some huge issues.
"I had 30 guys at most ... every year those 30 youngsters we had have been one of the most resilient kids you could discover. They under no circumstances give up, they certainly not gave up."
Mission San Jose is the second East Bay excessive faculty to drop varsity soccer for at least the fall 2016 season. Valley Christian-Dublin announced in February that it will no longer field a varsity crew in 2016, but will field a junior varsity squad. In 2013, St. Elizabeth, which won the NCS Division 5 title in 2009, suspended its soccer application for the 2013 season because of a scarcity of players and has not played a video game on the grounds that, in keeping with former St. Elizabeth train Charles Wright.
Kennedy-Fremont educate Dave Damewood has been a soccer train at his school since 1985, both as a varsity head or assistant instruct or a freshman train. He also graduated from Kennedy in 1983.
"it's a extremely challenging component to see," noted Damewood in regards to the Mission San Jose news. "I've lived right here my total life, grew up observing MVAL soccer, and that i remember how a great deal of a powerhouse they have been within the 70's.
so far as Mission San Jose avid gamers possibly transferring to his college or to Washington, he pointed out, "each child deserves the possibility to be a part of a excessive faculty soccer software ... I feel the worst factor that may ensue to a high college youngster that in fact, definitely desires to play soccer is to miss out on the possibility."