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Former coach a boost for Goes, Lancers

Clarence Goes, left, and Allan Green survey the action from the sidelines during East Union High's varsity boys scrimmage against visiting Ceres Thursday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED August 27, 2010 2:29 a.m.
Clarence Goes needed a right-hand man.

So back in 2007, he went to the former coach of current coaches.

Allan Green was the head coach of the Manteca United Minutemen of the semi-professional Central California Soccer League back in the early 1990s. Goes was on the team as a player. As were brothers Manuel and Joe Pires, who are now Sierra High’s highly-successful varsity and frosh-soph girls soccer teams. Sierra’s varsity boys coach, Jose Montes, has also played for Green.

“He coached the coaches,” as Goes put it.

Now Green coaches alongside one of the players he used to coach, and Goes attributes the East Union High boys soccer team’s recent rise to his old mentor.

The two are co-head coaches for the third straight season. Green started as an assistant in 2007.

“I wanted to find someone who could really help the program,” Goes said. “I thought about Al. He used to coach and now he’s retired — he was perfect.

“He has the time and can put a lot into it. It’s working out good.”

The Lancers are coming off their best season since Goes took over as varsity head coach in 2002. Goes has never led EU to a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth, but the team fell one place in the standings short in 2008 and 09.

Last season, East Union finished fourth in the Valley Oak League with a 10-5-1 record and was 13-8-2 overall. The Lancers were responsible for the league champion’s, Central Valley of Ceres, only conference loss of the season, 2-1.

The frosh-soph team, led by Victor Polanco, also had success, finishing as the VOL’s runner-up while spoiling rival Manteca’s bid for a perfect record in the final match.

East Union was 5-6-3 overall in Green’s first season, and the team improved to 8-8-4 in 08.

Green didn’t play soccer as a youth, but became one of the pioneers in the sport later in life. He graduated from Manteca High in 1962 and didn’t start playing the sport until he was in the Air Force.

“All they had was P.E. soccer,” Green said. “I didn’t play sports in high school — I was just a farm boy.”

One of Green’s biggest contributions to the sport in town was helping establish the Manteca Area Soccer League in the late 1970s. He coached youth soccer, both at the local and high-comp levels, well into the 1980s and also served as an official.

In the late 80s he founded the Manteca United Minutemen to give high school graduates an alternative to college soccer.

Goes said he and the Pires brothers didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the team at the time.

“I was already in my 30s back then — we were the oldest ones,” he said. “The rest of the players were just coming out of high school.”

Both Green and Goes have ties to East Union through their offspring.

Green’s son, Ronnie, was a part of two straight VOL championship teams in 1991-92. The Lancers won one more in 1993 for a three-peat after Ronnie graduated.

Goes’ daughter, Kelli, was a freshman in 2001 when East Union captured its last girls soccer title. Kelli Goes was promoted to the varsity team midway through the season and scored the winning goal against Sierra in a 2-1 win that helped clinch the title.

They complement each other well. Green handles much of the clerical work that comes with coaching and has come up with ways to raise funds for the program. That allows Goes to concentrate a bit more on coaching and game tactics, though Green also has a say in that area.

Green said their differing personalities also mesh well, especially when it comes to dealing with the players.

“We use the good-cop, bad-cop routine. I’m the grumpy old man, and he’s the nice guy,” Green joked.

Whatever it is, the relationship has done wonders for the program.

“He’s been a tremendous help,” Goes said. “The kids are more disciplined, and we also play better soccer. The program, I feel, has gotten way better since he started helping.”
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