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PHS boys soccer: Anton Grube

Philomath High's boys soccer team celebrates the state title in 2012 after defeating La Salle Prep, 2-1, in the state championship game in Hillsboro.

Anton Grube stepped down as the Philomath High boys soccer coach Tuesday for family reasons.

Grube spent 13 years in the program, the first six heading up the JV team and the last seven with the varsity, a run that included a state championship.

The father of two, Grube's older daughter will be entering high school this fall and participating in soccer. But with the way scheduling is set up, it would be nearly impossible for him to see his daughter play in a game. When the boys play at home, the girls are on the road, and vice versa.

"I very much care about the program and the players that are in it and it was a difficult decision, but I couldn't imagine not seeing my daughter play," said Grube, whose younger daughter is two grades behind her sister and will also likely be involved in high school soccer.

Grube didn't share his decision until he had a chance to meet with students.

"(Tuesday) we had a meeting first with the players before making the announcement public," Grube said. "It was important to me to communicate with the players first. It's their team and I'm their coach to help them have success. But it's their team and I wanted to make sure they heard it not from parents or community members."

In his first season, the Warriors compiled a 13-2-3 record and reached the state semifinals, just one year after Philomath hadn't qualified. Philomath dropped a 1-0 game on penalty kicks to Molalla, which went on to take the state title.

But in 2012, the Warriors brought home the state title trophy. Brookings-Harbor, Molalla and McLoughlin all went down in the first three games before Philomath defeated La Salle Prep, 2-1, for the championship.

Philomath followed up with another final four appearance in 2013, losing to Sisters in the semifinals. Just as Molalla had done in 2011, Sisters then went on to win the state title.

Over the past four years, Philomath has qualified for state three times with each of those postseason appearances ending with first-round losses. In all, Grube's varsity record was 60-41-16, including an 8-5 mark in the state playoffs.

Grube hasn't closed the door on a possible return to coaching at some point in the future.

"I certainly have the window open and you can never say never," he said. "I have two daughters, one sixth-grader and one eighth-grader, and who knows what the future holds between now and then and after that."



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