Steve Wallace resigns as Somerset boys soccer coach

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Somerset High School boys soccer coach Steve Wallace has resigned from coaching teaching, according to school officials. Wallace had coached for the Briar Jumpers' boys soccer team for nearly 19 years, made a 2001 State Final Four appearance and collected over 200 career wins.

After 19 years of coaching boys high school soccer at Somerset High School, Steve Wallace has resigned his position.

According to school officials, Wallace has resigned from coaching due to health issues, and has also resigned his position of teaching at Somerset High School, as well.

In total, Wallace had coached for nearly 25 years, and had coached several different sports while at Somerset High School which included, soccer, track, cross country and basketball.

Wallace began his soccer coaching career as Southwestern High School's first soccer coach, and coached the Warriors for three seasons before taking over as head coach at Somerset High School in 1996. Wallace, who collected his 200th career win earlier this past fall, guided the Briar Jumpers to 12 district titles and a pair of regional titles during his career.

Wallace's best season came in 2001, where he led the Jumpers all the way to the KHSAA Boys Soccer State Final Four. That year the Briar Jumpers had a 20-5 record, were 16th Region champions, won the Sub-Section 8 title and the Section 4 crown. Many of those players from that 2001 Final Four team have went on to coach soccer at the high school level.

After a 15th Region runner-up finish in 2006, Wallace was relieved of his boys soccer coaching position resulting from an incident with a player while coaching a middle school game.

After five seasons away from the Briar Jumpers boys soccer program, Wallace was hired back as the Somerset High School boys soccer coach in 2012. At that time, Wallace was coaching the boys and girls high school track teams, the boys and girls middle school soccer teams, the boys middle school basketball team, the boys soccer team and was an assistant coach on the boys basketball team.

Wallace was named as the Commonwealth Journal's 2012 Coach of the Year for his overall coaching body of work that year, which included boys and girls track regional titles, and strong showings in both state track meets.

STEVE CORNELIUS is the CJ Sports Editor and can be reached at sports@somerset-kentucky.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CJSportseditor.

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