After nine seasons at the helm of the Somerset High School boys’ soccer program, Steve Wallace announced he would no longer coach.

“I just felt like it was time for me to step down,” Wallace said. “I feel like somebody else could step up and probably do a better job.”

Somerset superintendent Wilson Sears said he accepted Wallace’s resignation this week.

“Steve expressed the desire to spend more time with his family and he felt that the coaching job was taking too much time away from his family,” Sears said.

Walllace led the Jumpers to the state Final Four in 2001, won four regional championships and led his teams to five district titles.

Wallace began his soccer coaching career with Southwestern High School, coaching the the boys team for two seasons from 1995 to 1996.

Wallace came to Somerset High School in 1998 to coach both the girls and boys soccer programs. Wallace led the Lady Jumpers to their first regional soccer title in his first year coaching at Somerset.

Wallace led the boys to regional titles in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

Wallace had doubled as the Somerset boys varsity coach in the fall and the boys and girls middle school coach in the spring while at Somerset.

Somerset is now without a boys and girls soccer coach after girls’ coach Bill Hamilton resigned this past fall.

“We have been aggressively searching for a girls soccer coach over the past few months,” Sears said. “This is a busy time of the year for us and we will not be able to start our search for a boys’ soccer until school is out for the year.”

“We want to find two soccer coaches that can work in our school system,” Sears added. “We want quality teachers as well as quality coaches.”

High school soccer programs around the state begin practicing on July 15.

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