Interone steps aside as Sterling boys soccer coach
In his first season in 2007, Chris Interone guided Sterling to a then-school record seven wins. The wins kept coming.
In six seasons as the Golden Warriors' head coach, Interone piled up nearly 100 wins, going 96-48-6.
Interone will not add to that number in the foreseeable future after resigning as coach because of a job offer he could not refuse. He will remain a volunteer coach with the program. Assistant Gabe Ocampo said he will remain.
"I have an opportunity to do what I've always wanted to do," Interone said. "The timing is right."
Interone went to college for graphic design and dabbled in it since. He has a full-time job with an ad agency in La Crosse, Wis., alongside his brother Carlos but may not have to relocate full time.
"It was a really tough decision," said Interone, who would at some point like to get his national coaching licenses and coach at the college level. "Over the Fourth of July weekend, I discussed this with all my family members."
Interone has been with the program since its inception in 2000, serving as an assistant to the Warriors' only other head coach, Phil Smith, until taking over in 2007.
Highlights of the Interone era included a 21-win season in 2008, 42 wins over the past two seasons – 23-3 in 2011 and 19-3 last season – and regional titles in 2010 and 2011.
"He's taken our programs where it's never been before," Sterling athletic director Greg King said.
Interone was a non-union employee of the school district, so the varsity soccer position was posted each year, and in-house out-of-district candidates were welcome to apply for the job.
"It's hard to lose young coaches, but when it's not their full-time job, they have to look out for that," King said. "He's going to have a new job, and he's not going to be able to coach full-time."
As for a possible replacement, Interone said, "My assistant coach, Brian Cebula, and I share similar philosophies. When I talked to Greg King, I told him I'd like to see him take over the program."
"We have a couple coaches that have been involved with the program that I think would be a good fit," King said.
King already needed to replace baseball head coach Robbie Minor, who resigned earlier this month.
There is a teaching opening in the math department at the high school. King would prefer to hire a coaching candidate who would also be able fill that teaching position.
Interone by the numbers
Overall (6 seasons): 96-48-6
2011: 23-3, regional title
2010: 12-17-4, regional title