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Zebras head soccer coach steps aside after successful season

Health, stress prompt decision.
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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Lincoln High soccer head coach Jason Treanor decided it was time to call it quits following his fourth season at the varsity helm citing health and stress as reasons for his departure. Treanor is scheduled for eye surgery June 11 to repair a cornea in one eye. He will also return to the operating room in August to have work done on his knee. ?I could only see out of one eye for three months,? Treanor said, ?and that?s kind of tough.? Treanor, 45, said his ascendency to the varsity head coaching position four years ago wasn?t without its problems. As a credentialed teacher, the California Education Code required that his application for the job take precedence over the off-campus coach who had been the head of the program. That decision wasn?t popular with some. After graduating from Ponderosa High School where he was all league, all metro and the 1985 Army Soccer Player of the Year, Treanor took his game to American River College. He finished third in scoring during his two-year tenure with the Beavers and was named Pepsi Male Scholar Athlete of the Year while there. After his playing career ended, Treanor earned his bachelor?s degree and made a natural transition into coaching. It was a field he was well familiar with when at age 12 he served as an assistant coach to his father. He began taking it seriously in the late ?80s and by 2001 was assistant coach of womens soccer at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. While there, the club won the Western Conference title with a 20-2-4 record. The Cougars also advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. ?I really enjoyed the college level,? Treanor said. ?Had I stayed down there I would have taken over the women?s (team). That was always my goal to be a college coach.? He gave up that position and moved to Lincoln to assist his daughter when her mother was injured in an auto accident. He continued his career working at Glen Edwards where he coached volleyball and basketball as well. After taking a teaching position at Lincoln High School, he earned his credential and applied for the soccer coaching job. He agreed to serve as the junior varsity coach provided he would be moved up to varsity in two years. It was when he applied for the varsity head coaching job that hard feelings emerged. ?When I did that I created a lot of enemies, a lot of enemies,? Treanor said. Still, Treanor applied himself but his first couple of seasons weren?t that successful. The boys struggled finishing no better than fifth in the Pioneer Valley League and the girls no better than fourth. Treanor said in an earlier interview he had a five-year goal to turn the program into a winner. He said he struggled because many of his players came in with limited experience or no experience at all. In the PVL, he was going up against teams like Placer, Bear River and Colfax; teams on which most athletes were club players competing virtually year round. ?If you have club players who play year round, 10 months, they know it?s a long season so they are mentally ready for a long season,? Treanor said. ?If they only play a couple months they?re used to playing a couple months and then they?re done; they?re not used to the long grind. The playoffs are a whole separate season.? In year four, this past season, his goal was realized. Both the boys and the girls made the playoffs. The girls were second in league behind Colfax and the boys tied for second with several players on both squads receiving All League honors. ?It?s going to be very sad to see him step down,? said senior player Arley Ibarra who will play soccer at Yuba College next fall. ?We?ve been depressed.? Ibarra is an example of Treanor?s dedication to his players. Ibarra was a troubled student who was in and out of school and entered his senior year with few expectations. ?Coach Treanor is the one who helped me out about going to college? said Ibarra. ?It wasn?t in my interest my senior year even about going to college.? Ibarra credits his turn around to the discipline he learned under Treanor. Looking back on his difficult years Ibarra said he looks forward to a fresh start at the college level. Treanor admits he will miss the kids and hopes the best for them. He said he hopes the best for the program regardless of who his successor might be. ?I love the kids like they?re my own so I always want to see them do well,? Treanor said. ?If they need extra help on the side I?ll probably help them out.? Treanor said he may take off up to two years before reconsidering what to do next. He realizes soccer has consumed most of his life and he won?t miss the long hours coaching both in the fall and spring seasons. But, like he told his players, soccer requires that kind of mental toughness. ?I love the game, love the game,? Treanor said. ?My college coach always said, ?soccer?s given a lot to you, always give back.?? And now that he?s done that he hopes to get back to a more normal life, at least for a while. Lincoln High School Soccer Head Coach Jason Treanor Career Statistics Varsity Record ? 206-139-63 (.597 win pct.) Varsity/JV Record ? 319-170-90 (.652 win pct.) 2011-2012 Fighting Zebras Girls ? 11-5-5 overall, 5-3-2 league 2nd Pioneer Valley League Host first round of Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs Boys ? 12-5-5 overall, 4-2-4 league 2nd (tie) Pioneer Valley League Second round of Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs