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Koptieff takes over as high school girls coach

Kevin Koptieff is new as a Fallbrook High School coach, but he is no stranger to the Fallbrook soccer community.

Koptieff took over as the head varsity girls coach for the Fallbrook High School soccer program after his Fallbrook Fury coaching activities drew the attention of the school’s athletic department.

“They’ve been asking me for a couple of seasons,” Koptieff said.

Koptieff was appreciative of those past offers but felt himself committed to the Fury program’s youth development.

“I think right now we’re at that point where we’re really pretty smooth,” he said.

Koptieff is also the director of coaching for the Fallbrook Fury and will remain in that position.

“My main thing was to get the girls program going,” he said. “I think between the club and the high school it’s always been about the boys.”

This is Koptieff’s fourth year with the Fury.

“John Hayek got me into the club,” Koptieff said. “It kind of took off from there.”

Hayek’s past includes serving as the director of coaching for the Fury and as Fallbrook High School’s boys soccer coach. He also served as the high school’s athletic director and is now a vice-principal.

In 2009 Koptieff coached the Fury’s boys under-9 and boys under-11 teams. The under-9 team won five of seven tournaments.

“We had a good year,” he said.

Koptieff coached the Carlsbad Lightning prior to joining the Fury staff. He has coached for approximately eight years and holds a United States Soccer Federation national “D” coaching license.

Koptieff was homeschooled in high school and played neither high school nor collegiate soccer. He played club soccer with the San Diego Surf until he was no longer eligible to play at the under-19 level.

Koptieff has two children, both boys. His ten-year-old plays for the Fury and his six-year-old will likely be on the Fury’s new boys under-8 team.

Next year Koptieff will coach the Fury’s boys under-11 team and the girls under-13 team. He plans to increase the coordination between the club and the high school programs.

“Now I’m looking to start building the girls side of it,” he said. “With the set of coaches I’ve got, we’re looking to build the girls side up.”

Koptieff’s varsity assistant on the high school team is Kelly Wherry, who is a center-midfielder on the Cal State University San Marcos team. Kirsten Jorde is Fallbrook’s junior varsity girls coach and Courtney Drummond is the Warriors’ freshman girls coach. Omar Benjoud, who coached both the boys and girls varsity teams during the 2008-09 season, remains as Fallbrook’s boys varsity coach.

Koptieff’s varsity roster has 18 girls, including one freshman and two sophomores.

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