Above: Aleks Vranicic holds the WCAL League
Aleks Vranicic steps down as head coach 3/23
Today is a sad day for Valley Christian
Soccer. The boys varsity soccer team must say goodbye to the coach
that led the program to unprecedented heights. Today,
Aleks Vranicic, has announced that he will
not be returning as coach for next season.
In 4 seasons as head coach, Aleks compiled
some extremely impressive accolades including:
A 44-27-19 record, including 28-17-11
in the WCAL.
A WCAL League Championship in 03-04
CCS Ranking as high as #4
Qualified for CCS 3 of his 4 years, and
advanced as far as the Semi-Finals.
Coached the most successful boys soccer
team in school history (17-2-5) in 03-04.
Aleks steps down with the program heading
in the right direction. Great young talent will be moving from JV
to Varsity next year, and several strong players will return from this
year. Aleks will be sorely missed, but everyone who played for him will
always be grateful for the time he spent building the programs.
VCSoccer.com caught up with
Aleks to ask him a few questions about his decision. The interview
you decided to resign as Men's Varsity Soccer coach?
This was a very
difficult decision to make as I've grown to love the kids and VC Soccer
as a whole but it was necessary. If certain circumstances were
different I would have kept on coaching but as life changes so do our
priorities, commitments, and responsibilities. Like I said, this was
very difficult to do.
many great moments as coach, what are some of the memories you will
cherish the most?
The memories wouldn't fit on this page
but to list a few high points for the past 4 seasons. Having Freshmen
and Sophomores on Varsity and soundly beating the other WCAL teams. My
favorite season has to be my first one. With the general expectation of
VC Soccer to do nothing but to try to stay afloat in the WCAL
and finishing 2nd to Bellarmine and making it to the Semifinals in CCS.
That was a great season. In general having the kids work hard and see
that it all pays off. The more they put into it the more they got out
of it. The fact that I was a witness in watching great players
develop and go onto college and to see them dominate put a smile on my
face. As I write this a flood of memories come to mind and its hard not
to hold back the emotions. I love VC Soccer and I'll always be proud of
message would you like to send to the players at VC as well as alumni
who played under you?
Keep the tradition of hard work in
everything you do, God, family, school, soccer, and work. A good
principle to remember is one that I learned when I was a student at
Valley and that is, "what you feed grows, what you starve dies." As I
move on and pass the torch to a new coach, I want all the past and
present players to keep feeding VC Soccer so that it goes onto even
you feel about the direction of the soccer program at Valley Christian?
The direction is exactly where it
should be, on the up and with positive momentum. I think we've
accomplished everything we set out to do except the retractable dome
:-). That will come one day! My hope is that VC Soccer will see a
spike and a new energy with the new coach. It would make me sad if VC
Soccer didn't achieve more than what has been achieved. VC Soccer is
not too far from being the WCAL Champion and CCS Champion. I can feel
it...its coming...all you have to do is believe!!!
John Basanese - Alumni and Assistant Coach of Varsity:
"This is a tough day for me. I've
enjoyed coaching with Aleks all four years. I remember when he
first asked me to coach with him. I wasn't sure that I wanted to
do it, but it has become the thing I am most passionate about. I
owe Aleks a debt of gratitude for bringing me along with him."
"We had four great years together.
This team, and this program is so strong right now. His wisdom and
guidance have helped our program become well respected around the CCS.
He's been a great leader for this team, and he will be sorely missed."
"The love that the athletes, past and
present, have for Aleks is a indicator of the type of coach he is."
Jenkins - VC standout and Current JV Head Coach:
"I really enjoyed having Aleks as my coach!
He worked us hard but it payed off! I also had the privilege of coaching
with him! In both areas I learned a lot from him and am sad to hear he
"I always loved the off the field time we
spent at McDonalds where he shared his wisdom in dipping apple pies and
fries in a milkshake; its glorious!!"
- VC's All-Time Leading scorer, played four years for Aleks:
memory of Coach Aleks, has to be during my freshman year. It was after
the first day Aleks let me try out for the team. After training a couple
guys and I went to McDonalds. I remember Aleks ordering a ..1 Big Mac
Meal, Super-sized with a Vanilla Shake instead of a soda and 2 apple
pies. This is the funniest thing because Aleks always told us to eat
"On a serious note, as a coach he taught the team to play very simple
with all of the shape work that we did. He will be missed."
James Coggan - Former VC and current SPU
"Aleks was a great coach who did an
excellent job building a great program. He demanded discipline,
respect, and a strong work ethic from the players, which allowed
his teams to achieve great things.
My fondest memories of Aleks were
those off the field, at places like team dinners and McDonald's,
where we got to know Aleks the person and friend.
Much thanks goes out to him for all
he's done for VC Soccer, and I wish him the best of luck."
Brandon Stirm - Former VC and current APU
was great what Aleks did for that program. He helped take us to CCS
playoffs and helped change the program along with Coach Basanese. Well
Donny Dequine - Former VC and current APU
"Aleks was able to come in and demand
respect from us players, and I think we needed that. Ultimately, I
believe it changed the program to what it is today."
"My favorite memory of Aleks would be when
we were practicing on the baseball field and he pulled the "miracle" by
having us run forever. Aleks just kept saying go. We ran for about
an hour and a half in the dark. Not bad."