By Matt Smith
Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 4:15 pm in Boys soccer.
After four years at the helm of the Clayton Valley High boys soccer program, Rory Gentry has resigned as head coach.
The 2010-2011 Bay Area News Group East Bay Coach of the Year went 65-16-23 in his time with the Eagles, taking over a program that had won seven games in the three years prior.
“I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish in our four years at CV,” Gentry said. “In addition to a winning record, two league titles, three NCS appearances and loads of academic and athletic honors for our players, I think I am most proud of restoring the pride into the boys soccer program. I’m also proud of the fact that the boys team was finally recognized as one of the elite teams in the Bay Area and given a chance to play and do well, against all other teams who are mentioned when you talk about the best.”
After becoming a charter school and bringing in a new Athletic Director, Clayton Valley decided to re-open the head coaching position after concerns were voiced about the coaching staff.
The staff was re-hired on a probationary period, but with uncertain terms and an unclear future, Gentry felt resigning was his only move.
“You know, even with success, there is no way to please everyone,” Gentry said. “During my time at CV, there have been some complaints, usually mostly about playing time and players roles changing year to year at CV. I would answer to these and do things to be better in the future.”
AD Greg Fister chose not to comment on the reasons behind re-opening the position and putting the staff on a probationary period, but did thank Gentry for his time at Clayton Valley.
“We want to thank Rory Gentry and his coaching staff. They did an excellent job of coaching the Boys Soccer team at Clayton Valley High School,” Fister said. “The last four years the Boys Soccer program enjoyed a large amount of winning and success. Our most important element of athletics is academics. We will always do what is best for our students and student athletes.”