By Kieron Coleman |Staff Writer|
From an underachieving season last year, the Coyote men’s soccer team has already seen a dramatic turnaround this season.
A major change for the men’s soccer team includes seeing Darren Leslie step up from the position of assistant coach to take the leadership role as interim head coach.
Leslie has two goals for the season to revamp the team from last years 4-9-3 record.
“First, make the playoffs before the last game of the season,” stated Leslie.
“Second, keep the boys working hard in school and continue to raise the teams Student Academic Eligibility,” continued Leslie.
During the summers of his college career at University of Edinburgh, he played soccer, then later began his coaching career at Scottish Hearts and Hibernian soccer club.
Leslie played for and coached Youth Academy Teams while in Scotland. He also coached for Euroscocer and Transatlantic soccer programs.
He came across the pond to the states looking for a different experience.
“I wanted to look at the playing and coaching scene to get a different look at how soccer is played and taught,” stated Leslie.
The men’s soccer team started out brightly this season, picking up a few wins on the road.
Leslie gained valuable knowledge of American soccer prior to coming to CSUSB while coaching a club team called Marine, a U.S development academy.
While the men’s team is doing so well on the pitch, the team members are also doing significantly well with the school workload, leading the GPA for all the sports teams.
Leslie has earned awards from the Scottish Football Association for level four youth and level four children and could well be on his way to more with the Coyotes.