PENDLETON — After five seasons leading the Pendleton varsity boys soccer team, Jeremy Talbot is stepping aside.
The Buckaroo coach recently submitted his resignation to the Pendleton school board, who will vote on it at its meeting on Dec. 5. Talbot said on Friday that he was motivated to resign as he and his wife are going through the process of expanding their family and would likely not be able to devote the amount of time needed to coaching the team.
However, he still plans on volunteering in a lesser role within the Pendleton soccer program and will remain a volunteer with Pendleton Youth Soccer Association and the Parks and Recreation leagues.
Pendleton athletic director Troy Jerome said that the search for a new coach is in a bit of a holding pattern at the moment. The school would prefer the new coach to also be a teacher within the district to “see the kids and work with the kids every day,” Jerome said, but added it was not yet known at this time what the school budget may have room for in terms of adding teaching positions for the 2018-19 school year.
The Buckaroos compiled a 7-57-5 overall record and a 1-28-1 record in Columbia River Conference play during Talbot’s tenure, as the Buckaroos continue to try and find their footing and build up a program to compete with the likes of Hood River Valley, Hermiston and The Dalles.
This past season Pendleton went 1-11-1 overall and 0-5-1 in league play. Their lone win was 4-1 over Redmond on Sept. 21, though the biggest highlight of the season came at home on Oct. 10 when the Buckaroos played a tough game and earned a 1-1 draw with rival Hermiston. The draw snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.
Pendleton moves into a new league, the InterMountain Conference, next season where it will battle CRC holdovers Hood River Valley and The Dalles along with Ridgeview, Redmond, and Crook County.
“Also I am aware that we have an extremely young core of varsity players returning next year ... so I felt a change needed to be made,” Talbot said. “This was as good of a time as any to do so because a new coach will have a couple of years with the majority of the players to help the program take the next step forward. I fully expect the PHS boys program to compete at a high level next season, and have a terrific shot in earning a playoff berth in the new league.”
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