It never snows in November in Redmond, but this year it did. The Saturday after Thanksgiving we woke up to snow!
An end of a era has come to pass. Doreen is hanging up her soccer cleats, her coaches clock and her ref's whistle. Organized soccer for Doreen has heard it's last whistle and it was beautiful. The only mar was that Jessie got hurt early in the second half of the last game. Thankfully she was back walking two days later and it was just a sprain and nothing worse.
Her last season coaching was a winning season and her last game was a 3-2 win! Doreen started in soccer when Kray was just a little kid in 1998. Steve was the head coach and she was the team mom and everything else. She helped out with all the kids' practices and took over head coaching job of Mike's team in 2004. She coached on and off all the kids' either as assistant or head coach in either spring or fall. She has to look at team pictures to remember who, what and when. The only kid who had her as a head coach and no one else is Jessie. Doreen started when she was five and coached her in every game and every year.
Doreen is known for her passion and her dedication to her team. She was always the biggest champion for her team and would let a ref know when they got it right and when they got it wrong. She was their biggest cheerleader too. She was known to high five parents as she ran down the sideline after one of her girls scored.
The highest complement was given to her a few years back when a new girl told her parents that she didn't want to be on the "loud coach's team". Her parents told her to give her a try and she quickly remarked that, "she may be loud but she is always positive and I like her: she's a good coach." Yes, Doreen could be heard a field or two away, but she was always positive with the players and always had their safety and best interest at heart.
Doreen will miss soccer come spring but she is ready for the next chapter in her life.