After contemplating retirement for months, Countryside boys soccer coach Dave Sica made it official, stepping down after 13 seasons to spend more time with his family.
“I’ve been around Countryside for about half of my life either as a player or coach,” Sica said. “I have kids now and a family and I need to be with them. I’ll still be involved with soccer and I may get back to coaching high school some day. But for right now, it’s time to be with my family.”
Sica guided the Cougars to the playoffs in nine of his 13 seasons. In 2006, he led Countryside to its first state title since 1991. Sica's 2011 team also made it to the state final four.
Sean Nolan, who was Sica's assistant the past seven seasons, was promoted to head coach. Nolan takes over a program that made a surprising run to a district title last season but loses several starters to graduation.
"I definitely have some big shoes to fill," Nolan said. "We lose some quality guys, but there's a lot of enthusiasm still with the program. I had a meeting recently and 65 guys showed up who were interested in playing soccer."