Mr. Soccer is saying adios to Santa Cruz County.
Paul Holocher, who leaves a trail of soccer success from the youth fields of Aptos and Watsonville to the NCAA Division III men's program at UC Santa Cruz, has accepted the job of head men's soccer coach at D-I Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
"It's a huge loss," said Aaron Lanes, an All-American under Holocher at UCSC and a member of the San Jose Earthquakes' developmental squad last season. "He's going to be missed sorely there."
Holocher, a former professional player and two-time All-American at Santa Clara University, had been approached about jobs in the past, but none as attractive as taking over the Mustangs of the Big West Conference.
"I've been looking toward this job for several years and it's a great opportunity for me. This area is a great place to live and Cal Poly is a place where someone should want to come to," Holocher said in a statement released by Cal Poly.
Along with guiding the Slugs to a 109-24-8 record and a D-III national championship game appearance in his seven years, Holocher took the youth programs of the county to another level. He started The Catalyst Soccer Club in 1999 and has played a major role in the Premier Futbol Club of Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz County Youth Soccer League during his near-decade in the county.
"Other jobs have come up that I haven't applied for. For me personally, I just love this area," Holocher said in a December interview, after he'd been asked to interview for the Cal Poly job. "The Catalyst is the heart and soul for me. It's something I built."
But Holocher will remain president of the club and has already named Dan Chamberlain, his main assistant at UCSC and his former goalkeeper, to direct the program.... Full Story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel Online