By Mike Phillips
Sacred Heart High School will be looking for a new boys head soccer coach after the first of the year after third-year coach Travis Cairer was cut loose from his position last weekend,
“We really can’t comment on the reasons for Travis being let go,” said Sacred Heart Principal Dr. Mark Register. ”It’s a personnel issue.”
Register told the News Journal Monday night that Cairer was dismissed over the weekend and that current assistant coach Travis Cooper would take over the vacated coaching spot on an interim basis.
“We will conduct a full search for a new coach after the first of the year,” Register said. “Travis is a good guy and a good coach. But we feel this move was in the best interests of the program. We wish the best for him and that good things happen for him.”
Cairer, who has been working for the state school for the severely disabled at E.W. Thompson State School since being dismissed as the Sacred Heart Athletic Director, boys and girls head soccer coaches and part-time teacher at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, went into detail about why he was let go as the boys soccer coach.
“They called me in over the weekend and told me I was being dismissed because of breach of contract and for abandoning my program,” said Cairer when reached by phone Monday night. “What happened was we played Cole Camp a week ago last Thursday and we had a nine-day layoff before our next game against Green Ridge.
“I decided to take a small vacation and took my wife because we had not had a honeymoon,” Cairer continued. “I had this all worked out with my assistant, players and parents. They all knew about this. I just never thought about telling Dr. Register.”
In his first two years as the Gremlin boys head soccer coach, Cairer’s teams won the regular-season and Kaysinger Conference Tournament titles. The Gremlins stood 4-3 going into this week’s Kaysinger Conference Tournament at Stover.
Sacred Heart won their conference tournament opener 5-1 over Cole Camp in the first round of pool play Monday night at Stover, Cooper’s first game as the interim Gremlin head coach.
Cairer said he plans to hopefully stay in coaching, but is not sure where and when the opportunity will come up.
“I want to continue coaching,” said Cairer. “I still have that burning and desire to stay in the game.
Cairer replaced former head coach Carlos McField two years ago at Sacred Heart. McField replaced 27-year veteran Gremlin coach Rich Bahner.