Steedle steps down as Warriors’ coach

By on December 14, 2016
Travis Steedle (far left), who compiled a 38-44-6 record in five seasons as the Warwick boys soccer coach, huddles with his players during a timeout this season.

Travis Steedle (far left), who compiled a 38-44-6 record in five seasons as the Warwick boys soccer coach, huddles with his players during a timeout this season.

When the Warwick boys soccer team ended its season with a 2-1 loss to Elizabethtown in the District Three Quad-A playoffs in October, coach Travis Steedle was wrestling with a lot of emotions.

Besides feeling heartbroken for his players, Steedle was also mulling the idea of stepping aside due to family reasons.

“I wanted to take some time and not let emotion kinda make the decision,” he said.

Eventually, the 29-year-old Steedle, a 2006 Warwick grad, decided that the time was right. He submitted his letter of resignation last week, ending his five-year tenure as the Warriors’ coach.

“It was not an easy decision,” said Steedle, a member of Warwick’s PIAA State championship soccer team in 2005 under then-coach Dale Stoltzfus. “I didn’t really want to have the conflict of time, feeling guilty being at soccer when I should be home, or vice versa … I wanted to really think about it and figure out what was going to be best both for me and for the team going forward.”

In his five years at the helm, Steedle compiled an overall record of 38-44-6. Over the past two seasons, in fact, he guided the Warwick boys to berths in the L-L League and District Three playoffs. This past fall, they finished runner-up in the Section One standings and advanced to the L-L’s Final Four for the first time since 2011.

“I actually think it would feel kinda harder to walk away if we’d have had a really lousy season,” said Steedle, who teaches learning support, mostly math, at Cedar Crest High School. “You wouldn’t have wanted it to end on a sour note. I would have wanted to try to do better next year. It’s never an easy decision when you’re going to do it because I enjoyed being around the game, I enjoyed being around the guys. There’s really only two schools I’m interested in working at right now as far as soccer goes, and that’d be Warwick and Cedar Crest.”

During a meeting in Warwick’s old gymnasium last Tuesday, Dec. 6, Steedle delivered the news to his players.

“My take was they probably didn’t expect it,” he said. “They all came up and thanked me for working with them. It was a nice moment with the team.”

Although the Warriors had just six seniors on this year’s team, they will leave big shoes to fill, including Alex Lalovic and Will Mobley, who combined for 36 goals, and keeper Seth Truempy.

“We’re losing a few really influential players, for sure,” Steedle said. “The good thing for the future of this team, though, is that with the lower number of seniors we had … we had six seniors and that means we had a lot of guys get varsity experience who are going to be back next year. If you do the math, even if all six seniors started, that means there will be five underclassmen who started and then more that would have come off the bench.”

Among returning players, sophomore Garett Springer had a team high six goals, with two assists.

“I do think the team is on its way up,” Steedle remarked. “I think this team definitely has hard work in front of them, but the capability (is there) of getting back to the playoffs next year, so they’re in good shape.”

Looking ahead to the fall of 2017, it will be the first time since Steedle was in elementary school that he won’t be involved with soccer. After graduating from Warwick, he played at Lebanon Valley College, then served as an assistant coach at Crest before taking over the Warriors’ coaching position.

“It will be tough, I feel like, come August or come September,” he said.

Steedle, though, isn’t ruling out a return to the soccer sidelines at some point in the future.

“I don’t see this as being a done forever kind of thing,” he said. “Just more of a break than anything.”

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