Palisade soccer coach Jandreau stepping down
Drake Jandreau’s world is about to change colors.
“I don’t know what fall looks like,” he said. “I haven’t seen fall in 25 years, so it will be interesting.”
Jandreau, 54, had been coaching high school boys soccer at Palisade the past 19 years.
Bulldogs Athletic Director Mike Krueger announced Friday that Jandreau is stepping down from his head coaching position.
Jandreau, a Collbran resident who led Palisade to district championships in 1993 and 1994, and a district runner-up and a state quarterfinals appearance in 1995, said he will teach science once again next school year at Palisade before retiring.
Jandreau suspects assistant coach Austin Wallace will be the next Bulldogs coach.
Last fall, Jandreau led the Bulldogs to a 7-7-1 record and fourth-place finish in the Class 4A Western Slope League.
“Things ebb and flow, and I think they’re flowing again,” Jandreau said. “It was hard for me to give it up when things were going tough. This is a good time, I thought.”
Jandreau said his first year as head coach — in 1990 — Palisade made the playoffs for the first time in school history.
“Our group of seniors were just awesome,” he said.
Jandreau had been known for sprinting with his team.
“He was always so involved with the team,” Krueger said, “and very passionate about soccer.”
Krueger, who has known Jandreau for 17 of the 19 years Jandreau was the Bulldogs head coach, said during times when participation numbers were low at Palisade, Jandreau promoted the sport to keep the program alive.
“He really carried soccer on this end of the valley between Palisade and Plateau Valley,” Krueger said.
Now Jandreau’s falls will be different.
“I want to get in the high country; the fall is such a beautiful time of the year,” Jandreau said. “It’s going to be tough next year. I’ll miss it. But I’ll be watching them, that’s for sure.”