Heffley steps away from coaching

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Photo by: Chandler Elsbecker

Coach Heffley talks to the Varsity Boys Soccer team during half time at the 2nd round of the soccer playoff games on March 27th, 2014.

Despite his team finishing second in District 11-4A and making the third round of the playoffs, Scott Heffley has decided to resign from his position as head men’s soccer coach.

Heffley first arrived at Denton High in 1996 and took over as head soccer coach in 2005. Since then, the Broncos have made the playoffs four times. However, he always found balancing coaching and teaching highly demanding, and after some time, it proved to be to much.

“Over the last few years, it was becoming more and more frustrating that I couldn’t devote the time I needed to do a good job at both,” Heffley said. “I decided that it would be best that I become really focused on one and know that I can do a really good job and one that the kids deserve. They pay me to be a teacher, and they weren’t going to give me an opportunity to just do coaching. I love both; I love coaching, and I love teaching, so that was what influenced my decision.”

Heffley informed his team of his decision shortly after their third-round playoff loss to Rider.

“It’s a bit weird,” junior Braeden Petrie said. “We’ve got a lot of returning players, and I think we’re going to do a lot better next year. It sucks to know that we’re going to have to start with a new coach and form a new relationship with him when we have such a good one with [Coach Heffley].”

I would’ve liked to stay another year or so just because of what I know this team is capable of doing and what I expect them to do next year,”

— Coach Scott Heffley

The Broncos’ recent success and returning talent made the decision more difficult for Heffley. Denton has made the playoffs both of the past two years, and most of the starting 11 is returning in 2015.

“It’s bittersweet,” Heffley said. “Honestly, I would’ve liked to stay another year or so just because of what I know this team is capable of doing and what I expect them to do next year.”

With the time required to balance the two jobs, Heffley simply doesn’t imagine a scenario in which he can come back to coaching high school soccer in the future.

“At this point, I don’t foresee it happening,” Heffley said. “If I really got homesick from coaching, I might do club, but at this point, I’m looking forward to hopefully having more time to exercise some other interests.”

Heffley still expects to be present at his now former team’s games on Tuesdays and Fridays.

“I will be the biggest fan,” Heffley said. “I plan on going and sitting the stands, and I’ll be keeping my mouth shut, but I’ll be cheering them every opportunity I get.”