By Matt Smith
Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 8:03 pm in Boys soccer.
It’s not often that a two-time Bay Area News Group East Bay coach of the year is available to take over your program, but that was exactly the case for the Alhambra boys soccer team.
Rory Gentry, who was the coach of the year in 2004 while with Concord, and again in 2010 with Clayton Valley, is taking over for Mark Eitelgeorge, who is stepping down after four seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs.
“I had some very specific goals when I took over the program that I am proud to say we mostly achieved them,” Eitelgeorge said. “I wanted to raise the level of play, gain respect for the program and, most importantly, teach the players how to play more effectively, sportsmanlike and professionally.
“I wanted to teach them not only how to become better, more effective players, but to become responsible young men to prepare them for life after high school. I wanted to build their confidence and create an environment that they would be proud to be a part of.”
Eitelgeorge went 39-38-17 in four years, and led Alhambra to the North Coast Section Division II playoffs in all four years and in the last three years of the Winter Soccer Classic, they finished fourth, third and second.
Gentry takes over a program that continues to build, and building a program is something he knows how to do. He did that at Concord, leading it to five consecutive NCS appearances, four quarterfinal appearances and a semifinal appearance. The Minutemen won the Diablo Foothill Athletic League in 2007.
At Clayton Valley, he won the Diablo Valley Athletic League in 2010 and 2011, reached NCS three straight times, reaching the semifinals twice.
In 10 seasons on the sideline, he was 165-33-57.
“After two years away I am super excited to get back on the sidelines,” Gentry said. I’ve taken three coaching courses that I am really happy to implement and have watched a lot of soccer, all the way from AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) to World Cup qualifiers and am looking forward to teaching some exciting strategies.
“I’m very excited to begin Coaching at Alhambra. I’m inheriting a program that’s averaged 9.5 wins per year and 4 straight NCS appearances plus the administration is really excited and supportive about taking the program to the next level. I’m also fired up to be back in the DFAL.”