Boys' soccer: Thompson steps downThe Cardinal boys’ soccer coach will turn over the reins of his team after seven years at the helm
Alexandria’s Wes Thompson finished up his seventh year as the Cardinal boys’ soccer coach this past season.
He has spent 22 years coaching the game of soccer at different levels and has now decided that it is time to call it a career.
Thompson recently announced that he would be stepping down as the Cardinals’ coach after a 4-11-3 record this fall.
“After coaching the high school team for seven years and coaching soccer for 22 years, it is time for me to move on,” Thompson said. “I have loved every minute of coaching, and I know that I will really miss coaching and being around the players, but it is time.”
Thompson experienced a lot of success over his seven years as head coach of the Cardinals. His teams finished in the top half of the Central Lakes Conference on a regular basis through much of his tenure, including second-place finishes in 2003 and 2004 before winning the CLC title in 2005.
Thompson leaves the program in good hands with three assistant coaches that he is comfortable handing the reins over to.
“There are three excellent coaches coming back to coach next year in Bryce Brickweg, Sean Foster and Nathan Knick, so the team will be in great hands,” he said. “I know Bryce would really like to be the head coach, and I think he would make a great head coach.”
A number of factors go into the success of every coach and Thompson remains appreciative to all the people who helped make his career a success.
“I want to thank all the players that I have had the privilege to coach and for all the support that I have received from my assistant coaches, players’ parents and from the school district,” he said. “I would like to give a special thank you to my wife, Deb, who allowed me to coach all these years and who got stuck with all the work while I had all the fun.
“I would also like to thank my kids, Eric, Danielle and Ben, for their love of soccer and inspiring me to fall in love with the game of soccer and allowing me to coach them over all these years.”