by Abe Asher
OES has a new boys varsity soccer coach. David Rosenberg will replace the departing Justin Kerr next season.
Rosenberg attended OES and graduated in 2003, after becoming the soccer program’s first all-state player of the century, in addition to earning all-league honors twice. Rosenberg then attended college and played soccer at Occidental.
His return to OES as an assistant coach in 2010 was courtesy of a chance meeting at the Beaverton Farmers Market.
Said Athletic Director Kris VanHatcher, “I’ve known David forever. He was in my son’s class, and they played soccer together. One day I ran into him at the Farmers Market — he was coaching Cleveland’s JV2 team at the time — and I said, ‘how would you like a promotion?'”
It worked. That’s just Hatch’s luck — the outgoing AD hired Kerr off of a recommendation from Catlin Gabel coach Mike Davis. In the end, Kerr never lost to Davis in a state final.
In five years as a varsity assistant, Rosenberg was a part of three OES state championships, including last year, when the Aardvarks were led to the title by a junior commonly referred to as “The Messiah,” and “A Young Zidane,” Abe Asher.
Rosenberg currently holds his D coaching license from US Soccer, and while that might not sound impressive, nobody cares.
The process to replace Kerr started in early April after Kerr accepted a teaching job in Southern California.
Rosenberg was the front-runner for the job from the beginning, though VanHatcher and incoming AD Dennis Sullivan — who himself can appreciate the practice of promoting from within — explored other options amidst high interest in the job. But both Kerr and the current returning varsity soccer team made strong pitches for Rosenberg to get the job, and by early May, Sullivan and his team had made up their minds.
It’s the right call. Rosenberg is extremely well-liked and well-respected by his team and peers, has roots all over the school — he is currently working part-time as a Middle School science assistant — and has a perfect temperament for the job. I can’t wait to play for him next year.
The 2015-16 soccer season starts on August 17th, and the future of OES Boys Soccer is bright.