Metevier steps down as Traip boys soccer coach

from an article in the Portsmouth Herald
May 30, 2014 2:00 AM

quitting-your-jobKITTERY, Maine — Tyler Metevier’s stint as the boys varsity soccer coach at Traip Academy will go down as a short one.

The former Traip standout won’t be back for a second season, he said on Thursday. The biggest reason for the decision was professional, though he said he would consider another coaching job if it worked with his schedule.

Traip athletic director Mike Roberge is now looking to fill the vacant position for a second straight year after 13-year coach Paul Marquis stepped down after the 2012 season.

“As quickly as possible,” he said. “We’d like to have something in place before the summer so that (the new coach) can work with the kids.”

Roberge said the position was advertised internally but no candidates were produced.

In his lone season coaching at his alma mater, Metevier, who played collegiately at Husson College, guided the Rangers to a 7-6-1 record, missing the Western Maine Class C playoffs by percentage points.

Hired on the eve of the season, he said he enjoyed some aspects of the job. But there were also frustrations, internal and external.

“The work I was putting in, we weren’t seeing the results, and I’m not just talking wins,” he said. “It really matured me a lot. I really learned a lot. I’ve taken a lot from it.”

Marquis was the coach and Metevier the standout junior striker when the Rangers won the program’s only Class C title in 2006, after a roller-coaster of a postseason that ended when Metevier scored a hat trick in the state final, a 5-1 win over Piscataquis.

But Marquis is one of several Traip coaches who have stepped down from varsity positions in the last couple years and the results, in many cases, have fallen off, too.

Metevier, who said he is between jobs, said he would have considered staying on if he could have been hired in the district. But at 24, he made the decision to put his professional life first and his coaching life second.

“Obviously, Tyler knows a lot about the sport of soccer,” said Roberge. “I interviewed him one day, he was at the School Board (meeting) that night and he was running practice the next day. I think we were happy with the work that he put in.”