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FREDERICK — In the three years since former Brighton High School soccer coach J Doehring stepped aside, he bought a farm in Fort Lupton, spent time shuttling his children to and from soccer practice and realized he was missing something.
“We’ve been a part of a lot of kids’ families. I talk to several of them. We’ve been invited to their weddings. I’m starting to coach some of the kids of the players I coached,” Doehring said. “I felt like we were missing a part of our family. When the opportunity came up to coach my own children — this (Frederick High School) is where my kids are going to come to high school. I couldn’t turn it down.
“My wife said, ‘You’re driving me crazy.”
Doehring succeeds Nathan Oliver as the Warriors’ coach. Oliver resigned to get married and to move to Michigan.
Doehring’s oldest son will be a freshman at Frederick in two years.
“There was no guarantee in two years that this position was going to be open,” Doehring said. “I missed high school soccer a ton.”
“From what I’ve seen, the kids have good, technical skills,” Doehring said. “We are going to change the philosophy. We’re going to put more emphasis on offense. We’re going to take the ball down the field one-on-one and run at them. It’ll be a different philosophy, but I have to learn to do what’s going to fit.”
Frederick scored seven goals last season.
“I’d rather beat a team 9-8 and have pretty soccer as opposed to winning 1-0 and seeing my team sit back and relax,” said Doehring, who played forward through high school and college. “I love the sound of a soccer ball ripping the net. My favorite players are the ones who score the pretty goals. Defense is something you have to have. But I want our kids to run as fast as we can against the other teams. We need to put an emphasis on putting the ball in back of the net.”
Informal workouts continue Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the school. The first formal practice is Aug. 11. The season opens at Windsor at 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
“I’m excited to be back,” Doehring said. “It was close to home. I can’t drive to Fort Collins or Cherry Creek and do this. All the chips fell in the right slot. I’m excited to get a different culture here.”
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