Mesa Mountain View might have found the right guy to revitalize its struggling boys soccer program.
Mike Tsorn, who built Scottsdale Coronado into a top team, has taken over as the new coach.
Tsorn led Coronado to a 15-1 record in the 2012-13 season, his last as head coach. That team’s only loss came in the state final, 4-0 to Phoenix Cortez.
In 2011-12 season, Tsorn led Coronado to the state final, before falling to Cortez, 1-0. That team went 14-2.
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Coronado captured the state championship two years ago under Nick Barker, who followed Tsorn.
Tsorn left the Scottsdale Unified School District to teach in the Tempe district.
“I missed coaching soccer, of course, and I think this is a great opportunity to lead a Division I school with great facilities and great people,” Tsorn said. “It’s going to be a big challenge due to the challenging schedule but I hope I can build a good program there and have a good amount of success.”
Tsorn said that he’ll get the players going in the fall with “open field practices,” and meetings with players and parents to try to get everybody settled in.
Tsorn said that he’ll remain teaching in the Tempe district and commute to Mountain View, which, he says, is about a 20-minute drive.
Tsorn has much work to do ahead. The Toros won only three games last season and two the previous year.
“It’s going to be challenge,” he said. “It might take a few years to make the playoffs, but I will do my best. I’m going to meet the players in August and see what they’ve got and go from there.”