Soccer: Tracy Hasson takes over as the Tigers' new coach
TIGARD - The Tigard High School boys soccer team should have a lot of familiar faces on the field this season.
In fact, one of the few fresh faces on the Tiger sideline will be that of new Tigard head coach Tracy Hasson.
'The team is looking very strong,' Hasson said. 'There is a lot of experience on the squad and the motivation to succeed is at a high level.'
Hasson was a standout soccer player at Lake Oswego High School. After graduating from LO in 2005, he went on to play four years at Oregon State University. Hasson has played the last three years with the Portland Timbers U-23 team.
As for coaching, Hasson has coached with the Lake Oswego Soccer Club since 2009. He coached with the West Linn High junior varsity girls team in 2009 and was a volunteer coach with the Lake Oswego varsity girls team in 2010.
At Tigard, Hasson is taking over a Tiger team that placed second in the Pacific Conference standings last year at 11-2-1 while going 12-3-1 on the season.
Among the key returnees for the Tigers is senior defender/striker Cory Walker, who was a second-team All-Pacific Conference pick last year.
Also returning are senior defender Max Raye, senior midfielder Alex White, senior midfielder Drew Nyberg, senior defender Derrick Gress, senior goalkeeper Alberto Amaya, senior midfielder/striker Luis Vega-Infante, junior defender Brian Josephson, sophomore midfielder Ben White, sophomore midfielder/striker Alan Hernandez and sophomore defender/midfielder Sean McManamon.
'This team has the luxury of having a lot of senior leadership,' Hasson said. 'I expect a lot out of guys like Cory Walker, Alex White, Max Raye, Drew Nyberg and Derrick Gress. They have the respect of their teammates and will play a vital role in bringing everyone together.'
Among the newcomers to the Tigard varsity are senior defender/midfielder Mauricio Molina, senior defender/midfielder Hector Nunez-Rivas, senior goalkeeper Garett Lockrem, junior goalkeeper Fernando Morales, junior midfielder Enis Viertmann, sophomore striker Charles Petitjean and sophomore midfielder/ striker Javier Sanchez-Figueroa.
'Our strength is in our senior leadership and experience,' Hasson said. 'Our question marks are if we can keep everyone healthy.'
As for the Pacific Conference, Hasson sees defending champ McMinnville as being a team to beat.