By: Eric Han, Editor-in-Chief
The boys varsity soccer team emerged victorious as the undefeated champions of the Tri-Cities Division. In midst of these celebrations, many overlooked the fact that Mr. Wiese, the assistant head coach, has taken his final steps on the soccer pitch.
Every year, players come and go; there are those that leave the school of their own volitions, or those that depart for a higher level of education. However, it is not every year that a coach must leave its team.
By the end of the year, Mr. Wiese, the assistant head coach of the soccer team, will have moved to the Anglo-American School of Moscow (AAS), located in Russia. “I am very sad to leave. I’ve grown to know many students quite closely and feel deeply involved with the students not only in their academics, but also in their athletics… I’ve enjoyed coaching with Mr. Dellos, and all of those things are things that I’ll greatly miss.”
John Park noted, “Although I’m only a freshman, I can see that he has a big impact on our team.”
“This is a very unfortunate event happening to our soccer team because he was our assistant coach for over four years,” junior Jacob Son revealed. “He was not only a good coach on the field, but also a really good advisor to all of our team members – always encouraging and always supporting for our success.”
Other players chimed in as well, voicing their concerns. “I feel extremely sad because Mr. Wiese was a big part of the soccer team’s backbone,” Jeff Jung, a senior, admitted. “Whenever I think of the soccer team, I think of Mr. Wiese and Mr. Dellos, as well as their contributions, commitment, love, and care for us.”
Many of the athletes felt discouraged and saddened by Mr. Wiese’s relocation. Both Mr. Dellos and Mr. Wiese achieved much in their partnership, particularly over the last three years. In 2011, the coaches led the team to fourth place in the Conference and fifth in the tournament. In 2012, they reached first place in the conference and third in the tournament.
Now that the season has come to a close, the players have earned first place in the Conference and second in the tournament of the Tri-Cities Division, having only lost one game of the tournament in the process.
Jacob voiced his opinion on the matter. “I felt bad since it was some of my good friends’ and my favorite coach’s last game. Even though it was a tough loss, it was a great lesson for me to never let up because we never know what might happen.”
Even with the loss of such an important figure in the team, some players optimistically welcomed the future with open arms. Some saw it as a test of team chemistry, while others viewed it as a challenge to overcome.
Sophomore Chanmin Sung noted that “we are going to have a different coach and we are going to have different players – it’s going to be something new and that’s what I look forward to.”
Before going to Moscow, Mr. Wiese provided words of encouragement and direction to guide and prepare the team for whatever may lie ahead. “I want them to keep playing for each other. It’s not about coach Dellos and it’s not about myself. Our goal is to make them men of character and strong students,” he claimed. “If I leave here, I wouldn’t care if we go 0-15 every year, as long as I see our players being men of integrity and living life the right way.”