After a tumultuous offseason in which he absorbed pointed barbs from a parent for running pay-to-play soccer camps,varsity boys soccer coach Scott Emrich is leaving his post at Durango High School, and he's taking his stellar résumé
Overall, it was a great experience," said Emrich, who spoke to The Durango Herald from the road, returning to
Durango on Wednesday with his wife after visiting family.
Emrich, who was on a year-by-year contract, announced his resignation Tuesday.
There were a lot of really positive experiences, positive parents that I've established great friendships with," he
said. I look at my friends, and most of my friends come from soccer."
The high school's news release Tuesday did not provide a reason for the resignation, which it said was effective
DHS athletic director Sheldon Keresey was unavailable for comment.
A parent, Jack Turner, complained to district officials earlier this year that Emrich ran high-priced private camps
that parents felt obligated to pay for to gain his favor. Turner also pointed to documents showing questionable use
of district sports fields and issues with insurance coverage.
A district investigation uncovered no wrongdoing, but an independent panel was convened to review the practice of
holding private sports camps and make recommendations. The panel's final report, issued in June, recommended the
district ban coaches from running private sports camps attended by school athletes.
Emrich, meanwhile, coached the Demons' 2009 boys soccer team to a 7-8-1 overall record - after an 0-7 start - a
runner-up finish in the Southwestern League and the program's 11th postseason in 11 years under the coach's tenure.
Emrich, who started in 1999, was 11-for-11 in postseason appearances as he ushered the program into Class 5A soccer, and he was a six-time SWL coach of the year, including this fall after Durango's remarkable midseason turnaround.
Emrich was named Colorado High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2007, the year the Demons lost to
eventual state champion Smoky Hill in the 5A semifinals.
It was a good run," Emrich said. I've coached a lot of great kids - All-Americans (Fort Lewis College goalkeeper
Zane Wells) at the college level, who have gone on to win national championships, and just some really good kids
I've had the privilege to coach a lot of really good people, too, people who have gone on to do some really good
things outside of soccer."
Emrich mentioned Army Spc. Zachary Carpino, a 2002 DHS graduate cum paratrooper who received the bronze Medal of
Honor for his work in the 82nd Airborne Recon during the Iraq war. Carpino played for Emrich, an elementary school
teacher at Park Elementary.
Emrich has coached the program through its entirety in 5A and said he was looking forward to ushering the Demons back
into 4A next season before his plans were altered.
It was a good run while it lasted," Emrich said. I think next year they should be very successful."
DHS will begin its search to replace Emrich in January, the news release said.
I've been a coach or a player in soccer for the last 48 years. It's going to be different without that, but now I
get to go on to do other things," said Emrich, who listed a myriad of activities he's interested in trying his hand
at next fall in Durango without the responsibilities of high school soccer.
I certainly won't be bored."
firstname.lastname@example.org Herald staff writer Katie Burford contributed to