Bob Guska named as GSHS boys soccer coach
After getting turned down two years ago, Bob Guska has gotten his chance to head the Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer program.
Recently hired by the school, Guska hopes to give stability to a program that’s had three coaches in the previous two seasons.
Guska replaces Charlie Wiencek, who took over the team after the abrupt resignation of head coach Shawn McElroy late in the 2001 season.
The new Demon soccer coach brings impressive credentials to the job.
He was a scholarship player at St. Francis College, an NAIA-school in Fort Wayne, Ind., whose schedule regularly included Division I schools Notre Dame and Evansville University.
After graduation, Guska continued to play with a German adult soccer traveling club for four years.
Over that time, Guska was a multi-year recipient of the division’s Most Valuable Offensive Player award, and was asked to try out for the Dallas Tornado, one of the teams in the now-defunct professional North American Soccer League. The team’s roster included Kyle Rote, Jr.
Guska also coached youth teams in college and was the head coach of the Florida U-10 state championship team in 1995 before moving to Glenwood.
Since the move, Guska has coached the area’s U-14 team.
“They did very well,” Guska said of the team. “And the parents were very pleased.”
Guska hopes for the same kind of success at the high school.
“My drive is to take a team like Glenwood to expand the capability to a higher level,” he said.
“A lot of how you’re going to play the game depends on the talent you’ve got to work with. But I’m sure we can elevate their game, so we can make it more competitive with the Eastern Slope and the Denver teams we compete with,” he said, referring to the 4A division.
Guska is looking to increase the team’s ability to score goals.
“Soccer is a game of scoring. That’s the enjoyment of the game,” he said.
“Being an offensive player, I’m more of an offensive-minded coach. I like to see everybody get involved, even the defenders,” Guska explained of his strategy.
“One thing I have a hard time visualizing is when the ball is in the offensive zone, is having four defenders back at midfield. I’m the opposite of that,” he said.
Guska plans to have the defenders, “get into the action,” and keep the ball inside the midfield area to maintain an offensive attack.
The coach has met with the players, but has much more to do before practice starts in August.
Guska in currently in the process of searching for, interviewing and selecting assistant coaches for the varsity and junior varsity squads.
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