Archive for Thursday, March 23, 2006

Peltzman resigns soccer post

March 23, 2006

After four years as the Eudora soccer team's head coach, Erik Peltzman has decided not to return for the 2006 season.

Citing changes in his personal life, the head coach believes the time was right to step away and not be in a position to give less than his best to the team.

"I'm getting married in the summer so I wouldn't be able to give the personal commitment and the time commitment that I feel was necessary," Peltzman said. "I asked the kids for a commitment and I felt like I couldn't do the same thing for them."

Peltzman took the program into a pool of competitive schools, which would have been tough for any soccer team, let alone a brand new one.

In the course of his four seasons, Peltzman made due without the continuity other schools had in longer-term programs and endured some tough times in the process.

The Cardinals didn't have a winning season over the course of Peltzman's tenure, but in 2005 the team managed to grab its first wins in more than two years. The pair of victories made Peltzman hopeful for the state of the team when the next head coach steps in this fall.

"This is a very good group and I think they'll be a lot better next year," Peltzman said. "They've bought into the system. We finally had a group of kids that have been there before and can push the other players and the program will grow because of it."

Commenting has been disabled for this item.