Though southern Oregon isn’t regarded as a soccer hot bed, there aren’t a shortage of capable coaches. For Cascade Christian, there was a nice list of possibilities, but after a prayerful and considerable process, the school turns to a coach growing in familiarity to the Cascade campus.
Javier De La Mora, whose coaching resume includes stints at Eagle Point, Phoenix, Impact Athletics, and the Southern Oregon Soccer Academy, succeeds the retiring Ralph Van delden. “Excited” is a word the 2003 graduate of Crater High uses to describe his emotions concerning his hire. Here is an introductory video recorded this week with the new mentor.
Cascade Christian AD Nate Mayben says, “We are excited to add De La Mora to the coaching family here at Cascade Christian. Coach De La Mora brings experience coaching high school soccer and a track distinguished track record for building successful programs. He is going to add to the spiritual growth of our student athletes both on and off the pitch while also helping develop our reach as an athletic department in the area of missions. I can’t wait for our students and our parents to get the opportunity to meet coach De La Mora and get started on this new journey.”
De La Mora has quickly grown in his love and appreciation for the mission of Cascade Christian, having worked as a substitute teacher at the middle and high school levels. It is evident he loves working with students, and he looks forward to using soccer as a platform for building young men spiritually and physically. He quoted CS Lewis in saying, “We aren’t bodies with a soul. We are a soul with a body.” There’s also talk at some point of things such as short term missions involving the team.
De La Mora will begin the process of reaching out to returning players, potential players, and what also may be a very promising freshman class to pump new life into the program. Though he and assistant Jim McCoy will be reaching out to athletes, families of athletes are also encouraged to reach out as well. The door is open, says De La Mora, “There’s opportunity. I’m not here just to see ability, I’m here to see who’s got availability.”
Interested families are encouraged to call the Challengers athletic office at (541) 608-1330.