Ryan McCormack takes over boys' soccer team
Canby's new boys soccer coach comes with a wealth of experience at his command.
Ryan McCormack assumes the role left by former head coach Ivan Munoz after the 2018 season. McCormack grew up playing soccer in southern California in the Coast Premier League, and while he did not play for a college team, he did compete on a collegiate club team that performed incredibly well.
McCormack is also the athletic director of KIPP San Jose Collegiate, a high school in San Jose, California. He served as the head coach of the boys' soccer team there as well, leading the team to a PSAL title.
"While at KIPP San Jose Collegiate in my second year as Head Coach, we won the first PSAL Title in our young school's history in any sport," McCormack said. "I also was awarded the Private Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Coach of the Year in 2015 and PSAL Honor Coach in 2017. They're essentially the same award, but our league just changed the name of it to match our governing section's award title."
While coaching at KIPP San Jose Collegiate, McCormack was also the head cross country coach as well.
Taking over the Canby coaching slot, McCormack will look to help the players emphasize small sided games and critical thinking so they can act independently on the pitch.
"Soccer is a players' game," McCormack said. "Once kick-off happens, the coach has a limited influence on what goes on in the game until the final whistle blows. Players need to analyze and adapt individually and as a team in real time, and they can only do that if they are put in those situations constantly in practice."
"We will plan, practice, and play to win, but ultimately our purpose is to create an education-based athletics program that helps our students grow as people," McCormack continued. "Without getting into details about style of play here, the common characteristics of my teams here are that we're strong defensively as a unit, and we're able to move the ball well in the attack through our off-ball movement."
Last year, Canby went 3-9-2 overall, and posted a 1-4-1 Three Rivers League (TRL) record, tying with Lake Oswego and Lakeridge for last in league.