Christen steps down as girls soccer coach |

Christen steps down as girls soccer coach

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Coach Werner Christen and the Douglas Tigers celebrate their 59-49region basketball playoff win against McQueen in 2016.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

Werner Christen is stepping aside as varsity girls soccer coach, Douglas High School reported in a release on Monday afternoon.

Christen has guided the girls soccer program through three seasons and has decided to focus on his duties as the school’s head girls basketball coach, according to the release.

The Tigers’ girls soccer team rolled to an undefeated regular season and region tournament championship in 2014 and has had winning seasons in each of Christen’s three seasons. Douglas also qualified for a trip to the state final four in 2015.

His decision to step down was mainly due to the challenges of coaching two sports in back-to-back seasons, the release stated. Because of Christen’s experience with basketball — he will be entering his 20th season as head coach of that program this winter — he decided to commit himself to that one sport, the release went on to say.

“Our school community greatly appreciates the enormous amount of time and the effort that coach Christen has dedicated to our student athletes over the many years he has coached for Douglas High,” Principal Marty Swisher stated. “I know this has been a difficult decision for him, but I also completely understand the enormous challenges that coaching back-to-back sports and seasons creates, not to mention all of the off-season preparations and responsibilities coaching two sports entails. We thank coach Christen for his past and continuing commitment to our athletic program and to our student athletes.”

Douglas High is currently accepting applications for its girls’ varsity soccer head coach position. Visit to apply for the position online.

Douglas is currently searching for varsity and JV softball coaches and for a boys tennis coach.