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WVC men's soccer to continue

Men's soccer will be played this fall at Wenatchee Valley College after all.

After learning that Wenatchee Valley College was suspending men's soccer for a year because of the state hiring freeze, former soccer coach John Wright volunteered to coach the team this fall. Nelson Zaldivar had resigned in February as head men's soccer coach.

"I have offered my services as head coach of the Wenatchee Valley College men's soccer team on a volunteer basis to preserve a program that has been built into a viable NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges) contender year in and year out," said Wright.

Wright coached the WVC women's soccer team from 2005-2008 and served as the men's assistant coach from 2002-2004.

The college announced last week that the men's soccer program was suspended for a year because of the inability to hire a new coach and the need to recruit players this spring for a quality program next year. The college wanted to give the freshmen soccer players enough time to find another program.

Wright approached WVC Athletic Director Bob Rust last Thursday to volunteer as coach for the 2009 season. WVC President Jim Richardson endorsed the idea on Friday, and a meeting was held Monday with returning freshmen soccer players.

"I'm very excited that John came forward for our student athletes and to continue what's been a successful program," said Rust. "This is amazing generosity."

Wright said that his intentions are to coach only during the 2009 soccer season. "Hopefully, the state hiring freeze will be lifted, and the college can start a search for a permanent replacement," he said.

Wright had resigned as head women's soccer coach in December to spend more time with his family. "I was quite content with my decision to resign last fall from coaching and have enjoyed my time off with my family," he said. "The recent events had me worried that not having a men's collegiate soccer team would be detrimental to the valley's soccer community."


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