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GIRLS SOCCER | Cain resigns as South Kitsap’s coach

Cain’s record at South Kitsap

Season Overall League

2009 14-1-3 7-0-3

2010 9-3-5 7-2-5

2011 12-4-2 9-3-2

2012 9-4-3 6-3-3

2013 8-5-3 6-4-2

Totals 52-17-16 35-12-15

For Julie Cain, it was all about timing.

Cain, who is expecting her third child Aug. 31, said that means she will not return for a sixth season as South Kitsap’s girls soccer coach.

“It was a really hard decision for me,” said Cain, who also has 5- and 4-year-old sons and also works in real-estate development. “I would have to miss potentially too much of the season.”

South athletic director Ed Santos, who still is accepting applications for the position, said replacing Cain won’t be easy.

“She truly was one of the best coaches I’ve been around,” he said. “Her passion for the game of soccer, her commitment to the kids … she was the full-meal deal. She was just a fantastic coach.”

Cain guided the Wolves to a pair of Class 4A state quarterfinals appearances and had a 52-17-16 record and was 35-12-15 in league play. That includes a 6-4-1 record against traditional league power Bellarmine Prep.

But Cain felt her greatest accomplishment was the volume of players that advanced to play collegiate soccer after leaving the program. That list includes Christina Boddie (Idaho), Miranda Caballero (Middle Tennessee), Riley Dopps (Seattle Pacific), Becca Schoales (Washington) and Bri Smallidge (Seattle).

“I think my bigger legacy is a lot of kids have gone on and played college,” Cain said. “I think that really has grown in the program.”

Cain believes her successor can build on a program that finished 8-5-3 overall and 6-4-2 in Class 4A Narrows League play last year. She said 17 players who were on the team’s playoff roster are projected to return.

“This is a great year for a new coach to come in,” Cain said.

Cain relocated in 2008 to Port Orchard — her husband, Andrew, is the principal at Cedar Heights Junior High — and was a Westsound FC club soccer coach after several years at the collegiate level. She served as an women’s soccer assistant coach at Seattle Pacific University from 2002-05. The Redhawks won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles in each of her four years. Cain, who graduated from Shoreline’s Shorewood High, played center-midfield at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., from 1992-95. She was an assistant coach the following year when Westmont had 15-5-2 record and ended the season ranked No. 1 in NAIA.

She followed Scott Sodorff (2006-07) and Michael Krug (2008), another Westsound FC coach who guided the Wolves’ boys program to a state title in 2009 before resigning from both positions.

Cain plans to continue to coach her sons youth soccer teams and said she would consider coaching again at South in the future. But Cain, who also coached the Wolves’ boys team in 2012, said she hopes Santos can find a “great long-term person” to lead the program.

“It’s a blast to coach,” Cain said. “Of all my coaching, this has been my favorite experience. Kids grow up wanting to play for South.”

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