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Zadeh resigns, WCMS in search of soccer coach
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Ario Zadeh has left the WCMS boys soccer team after one year as head coach. Zadeh is looking to further his education at Carson Newman. The Pioneers finished 8-3-1 last spring. - photo by Jeffery Simmons

For the second straight year, the Warren County Middle School boys soccer program is in search of a new coach.

Ario Zadeh resigned in recent weeks, leaving the program he took over in the spring. Zadeh coached the Pioneers to an 8-3-1 record in his lone season.

Zadeh turned in his resignation to WCMS principal Gerald Tidwell and athletic director Betsy McBride, citing an increased workload as he furthers his education as one reason to step away.

“I have been back and forth with this so much. I’m currently getting my M.A.L at Carson Newman. I’ve talked with my advisors and they have expressed that my workload will get intense and will take a lot of my time,” Zadeh wrote in his resignation email. “I was hoping I could swing that and coaching, but I won’t be able to give the attention needed to our boys that they need. It wouldn’t be fair to my players.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity and I’m sorry I didn’t succeed. I’ll do whatever I can to help in finding another coach.”

Principal Tidwell hopes to fill the position quickly.

“With the season being in the spring, we will seek candidates and hire as soon as possible,” said Tidwell. “We would like to have that hire made before we go on Christmas break.”

The soccer job is one of two current openings at WCMS. The Pioneers are still in search of a football coach. A football hire is hopeful by the end of January.