Longtime high school soccer coach stepping down

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It’s time for high school fall sports, but one local boy’s soccer team is seeing a huge change.

Woodrow Wilson High School’s boys soccer team has been under head coach Rockey Powell for the past 25 years.

As a head coach, Powell won three West Virginia Class AAA State Championships in his career. However, this season, the team is beginning practices without him. 

Powell is stepping down to become an Assistant Principal at Woodrow Wilson.

“It’s going to be different,” Powell said. “You know, I just have a different role, you know, and I’ll still try to keep in touch with kids and still try to do what I did soccer-wise here at Woodrow, and hopefully I can help out here too.”

Taking the reigns of the Flying Eagles boys soccer team, in an interim position, will be Steve Laraba. He has been an assistant under Powell for the past three years.

The head coaching position will be posted and an interview process will take place in the next few days.

The new head coach will be announced in the coming weeks, once a permanent replacement is found. 

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