Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mertes to come back as Wildcats' boys' soccer coach

After deciding to step down as Lake Norman's boys' soccer coach in May, Jon Mertes has changed his mind.

Mertes, who had renounced his coaching duties because he didn't feel he could give the team adequate time, said he reconsidered after he was persuaded by Lake Norman athletic director Steve Rankin as well as many of his players.

"The boys were so excited about the upcoming season and that had a big influence on me coming back," said Mertes, who is also the Wildcats' girls' soccer coach. "These kids deserve to have the best coaching they can get."

Mertes will be in his fifth season as the head coach of the boys' team, and 11th overall with the program. The Wildcats, who were 17-3-4 last year, return seven starters for the 2011 season.

- Freelance writer Jay Edwards contributed.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like he wrote the article himself. This was pretty predicable.