Archive for Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Pittman heading to Oklahoma in December; will finish season

September 18, 2002

For the last seven years, Harold Pittman has been preaching the gospel on Sundays and the importance of passing lanes Mondays through Fridays each fall.

After this season, though, Pittman will look to do both elsewhere.

The Chieftain soccer coach, who is also the associate minister at Tonganoxie Christian Church, has accepted a position as worship minister in Broken Arrow, Okla. That church's congregation is about double that of Tonganoxie's.

"It's been brewing since the beginning of summer," Pittman said about the opportunity.

A Hutchinson native, Pittman is 54-50-7 at THS after Monday's loss to Free State.

His best season came in 1997 when the Chieftains went 13-4-2. They made it to the 5-1A quarterfinals before losing to Bishop-Miege. Since then, soccer has been broken into three classes 6A, 5A and 4-1A. Tonganoxie superintendent Richard Erickson said Pittman would be a tough coach to replace.

"He's built a strong program and he's been a strong role model for those kids," Erickson said.

With soccer's increasing popularity, Erickson's confident Tonganoxie will find a strong coach.

"I hope as popular as soccer is in the Kansas City metropolitan area, we can find a qualified replacement," Erickson said. "How easy that is going to be, I don't know."

In December, Pittman will head south to Oklahoma.

His primary occupation is already decided. And he's eager to find a coaching position again.

"I'll be involved with soccer some way, I know that," Pittman said.

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