A native son of Cuyahoga Falls, Nate Rausch has carved out a solid legacy with two packs of Bulldogs over the last seven years.
However, just before the start of his third season in charge of Stow-Munroe Falls girls soccer, Rausch decided he will not return to the program.
Rausch turned in his resignation July 3, according to Stow-Munroe Falls athletic director Cyle Feldman. He was hired in March of 2016 after serving for four years as the head boys soccer coach at Woodridge High School.
"We appreciate the work Nate has done," Feldman said. "He is a very competent coach as far as teaching and knowing the game."
Rausch did not return multiple calls seeking comment.
Feldman said two of the Lady Bulldogs’ assistant coaches, Sam Sandman and Mitch Hepburn, will "continue the conditioning aspect."
"Nate was planning to use 10 days of coaching from June 1 to July 31," Feldman said. "We’re going to put those on hold."
Rausch’s resignation didn’t leave Stow with much time to find a new head girls soccer coach. Full coaching for the fall season opens Aug. 1.
Stow is set to open its 2018 season at backyard rival Kent Roosevelt Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.
"The timing isn’t great, but we feel like, so far, I’ve been pretty impressed with the candidates we’ve got," Feldman said. "We’re going to move forward positively."
Feldman said he planned to start interviewing a list of five candidates Wednesday for the position.
"Right now, I’ve got a committee together of two players, two parents, myself and a few others," Feldman said. "We’re not sure if we’re going to be done Wednesday, but we’re running out of time. We’re going to see how it goes.
"We’ve got a [Board of Education] meeting on July 23 where were planing on making a recommendation," he added. "I think the most important information is from the kids."
Stow finished 8-9 and lost to Solon 4-0 in a Division I sectional title game in 2017.
Rausch led the Lady Bulldogs to a 16-13-6 record during his two years at Stow.
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