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Fugate named assistant coach 5/23

In his first official move as the new head coach, John Basanese has added Donny Fugate as his assistant.  Coach Fugate was with the team for two seasons previously, and also is the head coach of the Valley Christian freshman football team.

"In coach Fugate, we have added an experienced coach, who is also an on-campus teacher and has great relationships with the kids.  Even though there were a lot of options, this was a no brainer for me," Basanese said.

Fugate was largely responsible for the development of a defense in '03-'04 that gave up only 24 goals in 26 games.  That team went on to win a WCAL championship, and fared well in the CCS playoffs.

"Donny played college ball, and is still a great player today.  He has proven himself to be a great defensive coach, who also does great work with midfielders.  We will draw on that experience this year as we prepare for the season," added Basanese.

Coach Fugate seemed equally excited when asked about his new position.

"I am excited about the challenge of coaching this group of guys. This is the year when some of our lesser known players can step out and make a name for themselves in the WCAL."

"I feel honored to be returning to such a well structured program. It feels like coming home. I canít wait to work with Coach Basanese, and all of the talented young men on the team."

"I plan on giving special emphasis to the defenders. If we are strong in the back, we will always be in games."

As the school year wraps up, the men's soccer program has taken another step to make sure that the team is well coached.

"It's tough to even explain how great this is for our program.  Donny and I have already met, and we are very excited for this season.  His ideas are forward thinking, and our visions for this program are aligned already.  This is a big day for VC Soccer!" Concluded Basanese.

Coach Basanese can be reached at: john@vcsoccer.com

Coach Fugate can be reached at donny@vcsoccer.com