By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– In a strange turn of events, the Stayton Girls Soccer team have announced their new Head Coach Wednesday afternoon.
On the heels of Devin Holmes, who in two years led the Eagles to a 22-6-3 record with an Oregon West Conference-Title and two playoff appearances, leaving to go coach at Chemeketa Community College, former Cascade Head Coach Skip Collins has been named Head Coach of the program.
“We are fortunate to bring on a coach with the successful track record and standards of integrity that Skip brings. He has been successful everywhere he has been because he cares about kids and knows soccer. I know Skip is excited to meet the girls and get going, and so are we!” said Stayton Athletic Director Darren Shryock in an email Wednesday afternoon.
Collins played collegiality
at Western Baptist (now Corban University) with a stint in semi-pro soccer. After he hung up his soccer cleats, Collins turned to the whistle. Coaching at Salem Academy, Western Mennonite (now Western Christian), North Salem, taking the Vikings to the 2010 State playoffs before going to Cascade.
With the Cougars, Collins complied a 42-11-8 record in four years with a 4A State Finals appearance and two Oregon West Conference titles in 2015 and 2016, co-sharing with Philomath in 2016.
It’s weird to imagine Collins taking some time off, but the last two years away from coaching where he had officiated a little bit had recharged his batteries in his return to coaching.
“The break was great. I’m more excited than I’ve ever been coaching a team. It’s going to be an phenomenal year,” said Collins over the phone. “I’m just really excited, I’m just recharged and I’m really looking forward to the leadership over at Stayton, I’ve already gotten wonderful support and it’s just an amazing school.
“I’m just going to be able to mold it and shape it a little bit better in my opinion. I’m not this great massive coach, but what I am is I know the game. I know how to build relationships and I think that’s the most important because High School athletics is based on setting our kids up for success after high School athletics. That’s what really I’ve really prided myself on.”