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Holocher resigns as Cal Poly men's soccer head coach

Paul Holocher shares instructions with his players while serving as head coach of the Cal Poly men’s soccer team in August 2013.
Paul Holocher shares instructions with his players while serving as head coach of the Cal Poly men’s soccer team in August 2013. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

In the second piece of shocking Cal Poly athletics news in less than two days, decorated men’s soccer head coach Paul Holocher resigned, the school announced Monday evening.

Holocher will pursue a role as director of development with the Maui United Soccer Club and be replaced by assistant coach Phil Ruskin on an interim basis, according to a news release.

“I’d like to thank Paul for his time at Cal Poly and all of his contributions,” Cal Poly athletics director Don Oberhelman said in a statement. “Paul helped the program improve on the field, increased attendance at Alex G. Spanos Stadium and energized the Central Coast through soccer community outreach efforts.”

The announcement of Holocher’s resignation came on the same day as news broke that five Cal Poly football players had been arrested in the wee hours of Sunday morning for their alleged connections to an armed robbery of a fraternity house.

Holocher compiled a 72-60-25 record during the past eight seasons.

“I would like to thank Cal Poly Athletics for having given me the opportunity to coach and develop the Mustang soccer program over the last eight years. I have enjoyed the experience immensely and I’m very pleased and proud with where the program has come during this time,” Holocher said in a statement. “I want to especially thank all the great friends and soccer fans who have been so supportive to the program over my time here as coach. I have a genuine love for this amazing university, San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast community. The time is right for a new adventure and challenge and my family and I are excited for this. I’m looking forward to continuing my growth as a coach and sharing my experience with the youth players of Maui.”

Holocher is 181-84-32 over 15 seasons of college coaching, including his time at UC Santa Cruz, according to a news release.

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