Soccer homecoming for Chase Zumpft
Chase Zumpft grew up playing soccer in Carson Valley. Now, the 2004 Douglas High graduate is returning home as head coach of the Tigers’ boys soccer team.
Zumpft was named head coach of the program on Monday, six weeks ahead of the team’s scheduled season opener Aug. 31 against McQueen in Reno. He replaces Milko Vasquez, who retired at the end of the 2015 season after seven seasons as head coach (2006-10 and 2014-15) and five seasons as assistant coach (2000-05).
This marks Zumpft’s first experience as a high school head coach, although he previously served as an assistant under Vasquez and has coached club soccer.
“It’s a new challenge,” he said. “It’s nice to come back to the school and be able to give back and hopefully teach the kids some of the same things my coaches and mentors taught me.”
Zumpft will meet with potential team members Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m. on the school’s soccer field. Voluntary conditioning sessions are scheduled to begin next week.
Players need to complete off-season conditioning permits and insurance forms before they participate in any preseason conditioning activities. Forms may be obtained from the Tiger Cage at the high school or at the http://dhs.dcsd.net website.
Zumpft grew up playing Carson Valley AYSO and then at Douglas High. He was a first-team all-Sierra League goalkeeper for Douglas as a senior in 2003. He also played at Feather River College (Quincy, Calif.) and at Oakland City University (Indiana). Later, he spent six months in Mexico trying out for professional teams and more recently worked as a referee.
Zumpft had lived the past two years in Portland, Ore., where his focus was on officiating at a higher level. He has now returned to the Valley to live and work as an Uber driver.
Saturday’s organizational meeting is an opportunity to get acquainted with the players and their families.
“We’re going to hold an open field Saturday to just kick it around,” Zumpft said. “I want to meet the parents afterward just to talk to them and introduce myself to everyone, just to get everyone on the same page. I want to talk to the boys and see where they’re at, take their information and what they think about things and what they need to improve on.”
Vasquez is moving on to coach boys soccer and teach social studies at Waterford High School in the Modesto area of Central California. At the same time, he plans to follow the progress of Zumpft and the Tigers.
“Chase is eager to go and I think he is going to do very well,” Vasquez said of his former pupil. “He’s familiar with a lot of the things at the school. Douglas kids are pretty special as far as their overall commitment, not only to soccer but to family, community involvement and academics in the classroom.”