CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton head men's soccer coach John Werner has announced his retirement after an impressive nine-year run with the Spartans and 40 years as a head soccer coach at the high school and college level.
"After 40 years as a head soccer coach and a total of 680 games, it is time to retire," said Werner. "With my wife Judy retiring from Arlington High at the end of this school year, we have plans to travel, enjoy a less hectic schedule and spend more time with our grandson. I am extremely grateful to for the opportunity to coach at Castleton, with special thanks to President Wolk, Associate Dean of Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Tim Barrett, and of course two members of my staff who have been with me the whole time, Paul Storey and Scott French. I plan to still be involved in the beautiful game and will always support Castleton Soccer!"
"Castleton was very fortunate to hire John when he resigned from his many successful years of high school coaching," said Associate Dean of Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson. "He has touched the lives of so many of our young men, bringing great success while maintaining sportsmanship in our soccer program. He is a great mentor to our younger coaches and will be greatly missed in our department."
During his nine years at Castleton, Werner won 105 games and became just the third coach in program history with over 100 victories. He led the Spartans to a North Atlantic Conference Championship in his first season with the team back in 2004. He won conference titles again in 2007 and 2008, and earned at least 13 victories on four different occassions. This year the Spartans finished 11-7, the team's sixth straight season with at least 11 wins.