Fruita Monument boys soccer coach resigns, citing personal reasons
Only one week after Fruita Monument High School’s softball coach, Billy Johnson, was dismissed, another coach resigned Wednesday.
Wildcats boys soccer coach Dan McKee resigned Wednesday, citing personal reasons. McKee told The Daily Sentinel his resignation was not because of team-related issues.
McKee took over in 2007, going 9-5-1 in his first season. This year, the Wildcats are 2-4-1 (2-1-1 Southwestern League).
“I see great potential in these guys and I wish them the best and hope they go far,” McKee said Wednesday afternoon. “This is a good bunch of kids who are willing to learn and hopefully they will get that playoff spot they are striving for.”
Stepping in for McKee will be Fruita Monument Athletic Director Pat Noland, who said he’s only filling in until he can find an interim coach.
Noland, though, has the background — he was the Fruita girls coach for five years and coached the Grand Junction High School boys team for three years.
“I want to capitalize on the strengths and run the same defense and same offense,” Noland said. “Ideally, this is a temporary situation for like 10 days, until I can find someone who is familiar with the boys.”
Noland said he has a list of three candidates he is talking to for the interim position.
The coaching change comes at a crucial time for the Wildcats, who have nonleague games this weekend at Fountain-Fort Carson and Rampart.
Then it’s back to SWL games, facing Grand Junction and making the trip next weekend to play Durango and Montezuma-Cortez.
Losing a coach midseason can be hard on a team, but Noland said the boys responded well to the sudden news of McKee stepping down.
He’s looking for seniors Ryan King, Rommel McClaney, Aaron Rieger, Zach Hart and Trevor Stocking to help provide leadership in the transition.
“It is a little bit of a shock for the boys, but they seem really positive,” Noland said.