Krow hired to coach Eagle boys soccer
After two straight appearances in the Class 4A state title game, the Belen soccer program will be under the leadership of Daniel Krow, says athletic coordinator Rodney Wright.
Krow was announced as the head coach Monday after assisting Brian Weems over the past two years. Weems took the Sandia High soccer job in May.
“He has done a good job for us the last two years,” said Wright. “He has demonstrated the ability to lead our teams. He is certainly familiar with Belen soccer, not that it is always the most important thing,” said Wright.
Krow coached the junior varsity team to a 10-4 record last year.
“I was very pleased with all of the candidates, and how they interviewed,” said Wright. “We certainly feel that of the six candidates, Daniel is the best choice for us at this time.”
Wright is now looking for an assistant to fill Krow’s spot and will start with the other five candidates for the head coach position.
Krow is a 1994 Belen graduate and has coached in the Belen AYSO region, along with volunteering as a referee.
“I have played soccer pretty much my whole life here in Belen,” said Krow, noting that many of the players have been on his teams throughout their youth soccer experience.
“A lot of the kids know what I expect out of them. I am sure they are going to want to perform, so they can get some playing time.”
Wright explained that the team would be helped by that familiarity in a rebuilding year.
“We are excited about having Daniel on to coach this team. Daniel brings a high level of expectation and discipline to our soccer program,” said Wright.
“We have a great program in place. We just have to re-energize it with the kids that come up each year.”
Krow begins the job of getting the Eagles ready to defend their two straight District 6-4A titles, knowing that they are somewhat behind the other teams in preparing for the coming season.
Belen opens the season hosting Artesia on Saturday, Aug. 25.
“Other teams have been practicing and scrimmaging all summer so long, so we are behind in that aspect,” said Krow. “Hopefully, we can just get it started.”
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