Canal Winchester athletics director Pat Durbin admitted that looking for both boys and girls soccer coaches at the same time is “unusual,” but that is the situation in which he finds himself after both boys coach Erik Feinstein and girls coach Alex Wentz recently resigned.
Wentz resigned Nov. 19 after going 45-18-10 overall and 14-2-4 in the OCC-Capital Division in four seasons with two league championships and a Division I district runner-up finish in 2017.
Feinstein stepped down last week after 22 seasons.
“They’re both great coaches and quality guys. Erik decided to go in another direction, but he plans to stick around and help coach the track (and field) team. He feels this is a good time and I respect his decision,” Durbin said. “Alex has some more demands with his full-time job and that will take a lot of his time. Both of them have done great jobs with their teams. We’re going to miss them.”
The girls team went 9-5-5 overall and 4-0-1 in the OCC-Capital this season, tying Big Walnut for the league title before losing to Gahanna 1-0 in a district semifinal.
“I am pursuing new opportunities both inside and outside of soccer and felt it was right to step down now to allow the school the maximum amount of time to select a new hire as they prepare for the 2020 season,” Wentz said. “It has been a blast. We have accomplished a lot and I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to work with so many awesome players.”
The boys went 5-9-3 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Capital this season, finishing third behind champion Groveport (5-0) before losing to Dublin Scioto 3-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.
Feinstein’s teams won league championships in 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 and captured district titles in 2013 and 2014.