West Texas United Sockers News Release -- www.wtusockers.com
Thursday, October 7, 2010
MIDLAND, Texas -- The West Texas United Sockers today introduced Warren Cottle as the team’s new head coach.
Cottle, who is (and will remain) head coach of Midland High School’s boys soccer team, now takes over on the sidelines for the Sockers, as the franchise enters its third season of play in the Premier Development League. Cottle will be joined on the sidelines by Midland Lee High School head coach Chris Bryant, who has been named the team’s new assistant coach.
The Clovis, New Mexico native has built one of the most impressive soccer resumés in West Texas.
Midland High’s head coach since 2006, Cottle has also coached at San Angelo Central, Odessa Permian and Pampa High School and is prominent in virtually all levels of youth soccer in the area. He has conducted youth soccer camps statewide, including Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Pampa and Beaumont.
In addition to coaching at MHS, he serves as Head West Texas Staff Coach in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and is the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Midland Soccer Association. His responsibilities with MSA include teaching weekly age group skills clinics for youth players.
Cottle also serves as President of the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches.
Soccer coaches are licensed, by levels, with class “A” being the highest. Cottle is the only coach in the Permian Basin, and one of a very few in the state of Texas, with an “A” coaching license.
Since 1998 he also taught licensing courses, through which coaches may earn their state license, for the North Texas Soccer Association.
Cottle succeeds Jesus Enriquez, who coached the Sockers in the franchise’s first two seasons, and led the club to the PDL playoffs in 2009.
Enriquez is returning to his home in El Paso, where he will continue to coach club soccer as well as organizing and conducting tournaments in the area.
“I would like to thank the Sockers for giving me the opportunity to coach in the PDL,” Enriquez said. “At this time, it’s important to me to return to my home in El Paso to be with my family as I continue my soccer career. There are things I have not been able to, such as coaching at the club level and organizing tournaments, that were not possible while coaching in the PDL. I wish the Sockers organization the best of luck in the future.”
Jeff VonHolle, Sockers Assistant General Manager and Director of Soccer Operations, praised Enriquez for his contributions to the franchise.
“We thank Jesus not only for two great seasons on the field, but for his role in the development of the club," VonHolle said. "To put our first-ever team on the field, and to produce a winning record in both seasons, speaks volumes on his coaching abilities. We wish ‘Chuy’ all the best as he returns home to El Paso.”
“Warren (Cottle) has some big shoes to fill, but we believe his knowledge of the game, level of commitment, communication skills and ability to recruit top players make him an excellent choice to be our new head coach.”
Cottle’s career began as a JV coach and varsity assistant at San Angelo (TX) Central High School in 1994 (he would return to the school as head coach in 2002). His first head coaching position came the following year at Pampa (TX) High School, where his involvement included raising funds for, designing and helping to build two soccer fields for the Pampa ISD. He came to Odessa Permian in 1998, posting a 57-35-1 mark in five seasons with the Mojo soccer Team. After a second stint in San Angelo he returned to the Permian Basin, this time at MHS, in 2006. In addition to his coaching duties, Warren teaches Algebra I & II, Geometry, TAKS Math.