Wedge Won’t Return as Pumas CoachAugust 11th, 2009 by jeff graham
A bit of surprising news today out of the Kitsap Soccer Club….
John Wedge will not be returning to the sidelines next year as
head coach of the Kitsap Pumas.
The club issued a release Tuesday night indicating that Wedge’s contract would not be renewed.
Wedge sent an e-mail to his players following the team’s quarterfinal loss to Ventura County on July 31 indicating wouldn’t be back.
“From the tone, he was surprised and obviously disappointed,” reserve goalkeeper Liviu Bird said.
Midfielder Leon Abravanel said the email was unexpected.
“It was a very crazy time for it to happen,” Abravanel said. “The season just ended.”
Starting goalkeeper Dustyn Brim didn’t learn of Wedge’s exit until last night.
“John was a fantastic coach,” Brim said. “That’s all I can say about it.”
Messages left on Wedge’s cell phone were not returned Tuesday. The release from the club did not say why Wedge would not be returning.
Hired by the first-year club in February, Wedge led the Pumas to a 13-2-3 record. Before joining Kitsap, he served as the director of the Bainbridge Island Soccer Academy and regional director for the Washington State Youth Soccer Association.
I’ll have a more substantial story ready for Thursday’s paper…