BOONVILLE — Jered Markman is stepping down as the coach of the Starmount women’s soccer program after three years, citing family and church responsibilities as the reasons.
Markman told his team following Friday night’s game at West Wilkes.
“They weren’t real happy about it, but I guess that’s the way they’re supposed to feel.”
Markman said the decision had nothing to do with wins and losses.
“This year has been an enjoyable year for me,” Markman said. “I look at where we’ve come from since day one. They’ve really improved in a lot of ways.”
The Rams won three of four late in the season to improve to 5-13-1.
“It’s kind of special,” Markman said. “[The seniors] were my first group at the middle school and my last last group as seniors.”
Markman said he felt “like I’m trying to stretch myself too thin. I’m not leaving with any hard feelings.
“I’ll coach middle school [soccer] in the fall.”
Markman said heading the program at the middle school from August until the middle of November was not as demanding as the high school program which requires a commitment from January through mid-May.
He said as a church deacon and a director responsible for 250 youth at a summer Bible camp, coaching in the spring was too much.
“I love coaching,” he said. “I love the girls. I love the sport.
“I just knew when enough was enough.”
The Rams, with Markman at least one more time, are at Avery County tonight for a first-round 1A West playoff game.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.