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Trautman out as SK girls soccer coach

After 14 years of service, Gary Trautman has resigned as the South Kitsap High School girls soccer team.

Current SK boys soccer coach was named the new girls coach.

Trautman said a negative environment the last few years accelerated his decision to step down.

“I was feeling a lack of respect in the program,” Trautman said. “There were some internal problems with some of the players and players’ parents.”

Trautman said he wasn’t forced to resign.

“It was a mutual decision,” he said.

The decision to resign came in December but was not made official until February.

The Wolves advanced to the 4A state quarterfinals in November before a loss to Woodinville ended the season.

It was SK’s second top-eight finish in the last nine years.

Trautman said the positive experiences at SK far outweigh the negative.

Bergeson inherits a strong team for next year, Trautman said.

“The program Eric is inheriting is strong as ever,” he said. “Our JV has been undefeated the last two years and we were able to create a ‘C’ team. It’s a very healthy program.”

Bergeson said he’s excited about the new challenge of coaching a girls team.

By taking over the girls program, Bergeson is no longer the boys tennis coach.

Todd Olson will take over as the boys tennis coach.

While he’s never coached a girls team before, Bergeson said soccer is soccer.

Bergeson said there shouldn’t be a difference between coaching boys and girls. It’s more of understanding the personalities of his players.

“I’m not going to make any radical changes,” he said. “I just have to study the personality of different players. Some are thick skinned and can take it and others are more sensitive.”

Just like any team Bergeson has coached, the girls team will be expected to give 100 percent to the team.

On the years SK has made it into the playoffs, there have been times the game interferes with a school dance and some players have chosen not to play with their team.

Bergeson said the first thing he will require is 100 percent commitment.

“We are one team, one family,” Bergeson said.

Based on the feedback he’s received from returning players, Bergeson said they are excited about the new change.

Some of Bergeson’s players on the boys team are trying to put a scare into the girls by telling them about “Bergie” time—an infamous pre-season running drill that has been so rough some players have quit after the first day.

While he’s had many of the players as students in his social studies classes, Bergeson said he doesn’t know much about their ability.

He will have a chance this summer.

“We’ll have a three-day team camp,” he said. “I’ll get to know them (as players) and they’ll get to know me (as a coach).”

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