Gillenwater takes the reins of TVCC men's soccer

(As printed in the Sept. 25 edition of the Argus Observer.)

ONTARIO — At about the halfway point of their 2016 season, the Treasure Valley Community College men’s soccer team finally has someone at the helm.

Brian Gillenwater previously coached at Centennial High School for three seasons. During his tenure, Centennial made it to two straight championship matches and finished one regular season undefeated and untied. Before that, Gillenwater was the first boys soccer coach at Canyon Ridge High School, where he coached the team to three winning seasons.

The TVCC coaching job will be his first at the college level.

A native of Boise, Gillenwater will undoubtedly have knowledge of high school soccer in the Western Treasure Valley.

New Soccer Coach

Gillenwater said that the transition from high school to community college, and on a team that is halfway through its season, has been difficult. But he knows that he and his players are all working toward a common goal: winning games.

“I’m working with competitive players,” Gillenwater said. “We’re all on the same page.”

Sophomore Gerardo Bartolo said Gillenwater has been a “good change” for the Chukars.

Bartolo said Gillenwater has a different style of play than they previously had. Gillenwater wants the Chukars to be more aggressive on offense.

But Gillenwater said he did not want to make many changes to the program, as the season is already at the midpoint.

“I’m trying to make it as smooth as possible,” Gillenwater said. “Jeremy has helped a lot.”

Jeremy Skousen, who was previously acting as the interim head coach, is now back as an assistant coach and is enjoying his time with GIllenwater.

“He’s really taken the reins,” Skousen said of Gilllenwater.

The first game Gillenwater coached for TVCC was on Sept. 17 against Columbia Basin College.

Gillenwater played collegiately at Walla Walla Community College and was a two-year starter.