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June 22, 2018 | Soccer (W)

Mutual agreement sees soccer coach step down

The Concordia University Department of Recreation and Athletics announced today that Jorge Sanchez will not return to his role as head coach of the Concordia Stingers women’s soccer team this coming season.

After 16 years at the helm of the program, Sanchez will leave his coaching position by mutual agreement, effective immediately. He will remain in an administrative role during a period of transition.

Sanchez took over the program in 2002 and was instrumental in guiding hundreds of young women through their university careers. He helped develop more than 30 academic all-Canadians and 30 conference all-stars, as well as several players who were recognized by the league for their sportsmanship, leadership and community involvement.

He was part of the leadership group for Canada’s women’s soccer teams at the Summer Universiades in 2009 and 2011.

A Concordia graduate, he took pride in welcoming and involving soccer alumni. Several of his players took on coaching roles with the Stingers and in the community after their university careers.

Sanchez also played a key role in initiating the annual Erica Cadieux soccer game, an event set aside to honour the former Stinger soccer player who died tragically in 2006.

“We would like to thank Jorge for all he has done for the women’s soccer program during his years of coaching service,” said D’Arcy Ryan, Concordia Director of Recreation and Athletics. “We appreciate his long-time commitment to university sport and wish him the best moving forward.”

The search for a new head coach will begin shortly.