David Graham decided it was the right time to step down as boys’ soccer coach at Rock Bridge.
After guiding the Bruins to the Class 3 District 10 title and the first 20-win season in school history, Graham said Wednesday he will turn his attention to other things.
“I’m going to focus on working on my master’s and spending time with my wife,” he said. “Plus I want to focus on the classroom. I want to see what I can do in there.”
Graham is a teacher in Rock Bridge’s World Studies department and began work on a master’s degree last month.
He led the Bruins to two district championships in his five years as head coach. His teams set school records for wins in each of the past two years.
“I had to go out with my guys,” Graham said, referring to the 16 seniors whose career ended after a 1-0 sectional loss to Francis Howell North on Tuesday.
Co-captain Adam Reed is one of those seniors.
“I was stunned,” he said. “We just had a meeting today and he told us. It was pretty shocking.
“It’s not as big a deal for (the seniors) since we’re done. But it was still unexpected.”
Graham said he didn’t know who would take over his coaching duties next season.
“I’m sad to see him go because he’s been good for our program and good for our kids,” said Rock Bridge athletic director Vicki Reimler.
“But I’ve known coach Graham since he was a student at Rock Bridge, and this is something he thinks he needs to do and he’s ready to do. I wish him all the best.”