Stepping away: Longtime Glenwood soccer coach Steve White retires
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Steve White isn’t completely steering away from his passion. He’s just making room for others.
White has decided to retire from his coaching duties at Glenwood Springs High School, effectively bringing an end to a two-decade-long career of coaching the school’s boys and girls soccer teams. His retirement — his second such from the high school — signals the end of an era for a coach who was an instrumental figure in helping make soccer a varsity sport at GSHS.
“I’ve gotten some very kind and generous comments of support from a lot of people,” said White, who made the decision to stop coaching high school soccer not long after his team’s final regular-season game in May. “I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of support from people.”
White’s soccer teams over the years have gotten a lot of support simply because of their success. His overall coaching record at the high school was 250-137-26, with the milestone 250th victory coming on April 20 in the Demons’ 3-1 victory at Delta.
Numerous playoff appearances have accompanied those lofty records, including a trip to the Class 4A semifinals in 1995 when there were only two soccer classifications in Colorado.
White was also a part of a group associated with the Glenwood Springs Soccer Club that, thanks in part to a $525,000 Gates Family Foundation Grant, prompted the construction of Gates Soccer Park on the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus. It also prompted White’s first “retirement” from high school coaching when CMC added a men’s soccer team that he coached until the program was cut in 2009.
His decision to step away from high school soccer, however, came because the time needed to coach at the high school level cut into the time that he’d like to spend with his children and six grandchildren in the coming years. It also give him a chance to spend more time with his wife, Sylvia, who travels often for her job.
“This retirement is for [my wife] as much as it is for me,” he said with a smile.
He’s not going to be completely without what he calls his “soccer fix,” however. He’s helping coach at area soccer clinics, remains an active soccer panel member for the Colorado High School Coaches Association, and he’s running the men’s soccer tournament series in Glenwood Springs — the Tres Copas Cup — that is showing growth in the midst of its second year of existence.
Just because he’s leaving the high school game behind, however, doesn’t mean he won’t bring the good memories from there with him.
“I’ve had absolutely wonderful athletes, and [Craig] Denney is a great athletic director,” White said.
“Really, all of the administration at Glenwood has been wonderful, and the students I’ve had a chance to coach have been more than wonderful.”
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