Former Bruins trainer went 11-26 in 4 seasons
BRADENTON — Halfway thru John Biezuns’ first season at Bayshore Prime Faculty, an assistant to the Bruins’ head soccer trainer grew to become to him with a remark Biezuns knew already to be true.
“I didn’t realize it used to be going to be this tough.”
After 4 years, the previous offensive coordinator at Port St. Lucie Prime Faculty determined he wasn’t the fellow to remedy what ails the Bruin program and resigned this week after compiling a document of 11-26.
At his go out assembly with Bayshore athletic director Chris Brady, the 44-year-old Biezuns used to be candid.
“I instructed him, ‘Whether or not I will repair it or no longer, I simply don’t assume I will,’ ” he stated. “And I’ve all the time been lovely excellent at that.”
Biezuns took over for Elijah Freeman, who went 3-16 in his two years as Bruins head trainer. Earlier than him Jean Gordon completed 19-32 in 5 seasons and Raymond Woodie 15-25 in 4.
After going 0-Nine in his first 12 months, Biezuns progressed to 3-Five in 2017 and 5-Five in ’18. This previous season the Bruins completed 3-7 however have been in place to earn their first playoff berth since 2005 with a victory over Tampa Jesuit within the season finale. Bayshore misplaced 45-14.
However what afflicted Biezuns used to be the drop off in numbers. The Bruins completed the season with 26 avid gamers on their varsity. He canceled the JV season when its roster dropped to 15.
“This 12 months used to be dangerous,” he stated. “This 12 months used to be that dangerous. We trusted a number of transfers this 12 months and a large number of them hand over.”
Biezuns stated he began the season with 26 seniors on varsity and completed with 9. Two years in the past his JV program had 32 avid gamers, 31 inexperienced persons.
“We simplest have 10 of them left.” Biezuns stated on many events the participant who hand over by no means let him know.
“They simply don’t display up — ‘You didn’t come to follow on Monday and Tuesday. What’s occurring? Oh, I’m carried out. Neatly, why? I’m carried out.’
“The quote we get right here and we giggle about it, anyone says, ‘I don’t have love for the sport.’ It should be one thing that’s available in the market. That’s what the youngsters say.”
Each Biezuns and Brady stated avid gamers quitting a program isn’t explicit to Bayshore. “But if one child quits,” Biezuns stated, “it’s astronomical as a result of he’s most likely a starter.
“If I will’t work out why children are leaving and so they simply say ‘I’m leaving’ simply to go away, I were given to get out of it. For me it’s no longer a laugh anymore.”
Biezuns stated he’ll stay at Bayshore for the remainder of the varsity 12 months to show however is “100 p.c” sure he’ll go away to search for training alternatives in different places.
“I were given into training after which I changed into a trainer,” he stated. He’d love to be a head trainer once more however stated alternatives as an assistant trainer could be to be had inside Manatee County.
“I’m an ego-less man,” he stated. Biezuns is maximum pleased with the 10 children he despatched off to school his first 3 years and the 4 off this season’s crew who’ve a possibility.
“Earlier than I were given right here we had no person.”
In the meantime, Brady stated that regardless of the low roster numbers on the finish of the season, he “would assume” Bayshore could have varsity soccer subsequent season.
A seek for a alternative will get started as soon as the varsity’s predominant may also be consulted. And whilst Brady stated he’s upset with Biezuns’ determination to go away, he understands it, given the original issues a small college can provide.
“I don’t assume other people actually perceive until they’ve in fact been a trainer,” he stated. “I believe the ones form of other people will perceive.”