After coaching soccer at Copperas Cove the past 28 years, Hagen Streckel decided to retire.
Streckel, 56, will also retire as a teacher at Cove, a position he has held for 32 years.
“I’m ready to retire,” he said. “I’m young enough to still do what I want to do, which is pursue travel and cooking.”
Streckel coached the Bulldawgs soccer team for 20 years and the Lady Bulldawgs the past eight seasons.
“It’s bittersweet to be leaving coaching now,” he said.
The 2014 Lady Dawgs started District 8-5A play with a 2-5 record. They finished the season strong, winning three of their final seven games.
“We had a lot of young talent on our team this year,” Streckel said. “This year we had 20 freshmen, last year we had 13 and next year there are 50 girls who have said they’re interested in coming out for soccer.”
The Lady Dawgs, behind the standout play of star senior center-midfielder Shelbie Letzer, finished the season with strong performances against Belton, Midway, Ellison and Temple.
“Shelbie was our premier player, of course,” Streckel said. “She really stepped it up for us all season. I know it was frustrating for her to be on a team not going to the playoffs but she never let that interfere with how she played. She kept her own game at a very high level and pushed us to be at our best.”
Streckel mentioned two major highlights of his coaching career.
“I had the pleasure of coaching my son Ian (class of 2006) for four years,” he said. “And then I had the pleasure of coaching my daughter Caitlyn (class of 2008) for two seasons.
“I do want to mention that I’m not moving. I’ll miss coaching the girls. But I’ll still be there watching them and rooting them on.”