Archive for Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pulvers resigns as Baker soccer coach

November 17, 2005

After compiling a record of 126-80-14 in 10 years, Baker University men's soccer coach Ron Pulvers announced his resignation last Thursday.

Pulvers has accepted a position at California State University at San Marcos as director of soccer and head men's and women's soccer coach.

"The reasons are multi-faceted," Pulvers said. "The main reasons are it is a tremendous professional opportunity for me and to get back home and closer to family. Those two reasons rise to the top when I start getting to the heart of it."

Pulvers told his players Nov. 9, which was one of the hardest things he has ever done.

"When I told the team on Wednesday, it was one of the most difficult days of my life," Pulvers said. "Right now I am having a difficult time getting excited about my new job, because I am really emotional about leaving here."

Pulvers guided the Wildcats to five Heart of America Athletic Conference titles. The Wildcats also qualified for the national tournament three times since Pulvers took over the program in 1996.

Athletic Director Dan Harris said Pulvers will be missed, because of everything he did for the university and the men's soccer program.

"Ron has been one of our more successful soccer coaches we have had," Harris said. "Ron to me is the model of what I want. Ron was a great recruiter, a great coach, an excellent teacher in the classroom and dedicated to the department. So he kind of fulfilled every aspect of that position that you would need."

Pulvers said he would miss Baker, because he loved coming to work each day.

"It was awesome," Pulvers said of his time at Baker. "There is not one day I woke up in the morning not excited about coming to Baker and coming to work. My time here has been filled with great memories, both good and bad. I would not trade those 10 years for anything."

"We love this part of the county and we love Baker very, very much," Pulvers said. "It will probably be more difficult on me than anyone else."

Along with being both head coaches, at his new job, Pulvers has option to teach.

"The great thing about it is the teaching part of it is an option," Pulvers said. "I can teach as much or as little as I like. It's more of an entrepreneurial type of situation as far as the teaching goes, which is nice."

Harris said before the job search has officially begun, he has already received applications.

"What's great about the soccer world, is the word of mouth travels pretty quickly," Harris said.

Harris said he hopes to have a new coach by the first of the year, and will need a committee to help choose the right coach.

"We are going to have a search committee put together," Harris said. "Ron will fulfill his contract until Dec. 31. I am hoping we will have a replacement by January. I want the team's input as well."

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