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FREE STATE HIRES BOYS SOCCER COACH

June 19, 1999

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Jason Pendleton, boys soccer coach at Kansas City Wyandotte the last three years, has been named to a similar post at Free State High.

Pendleton, 29, replaces Phil Lee who decided earlier this month to relinquish the post, but will remain as girls soccer coach.

Pendleton, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., was hired by Free State last month to be a social studies teacher.

"I didn't pursue a coaching job," Pendleton said, "but when Phil Lee resigned I expressed interest, and it went pretty quickly from there."

Pendleton started the boys soccer program at Wyandotte. In the first year, the school fielded a JV program. In the second year, the Bulldogs went 1-12-1.

Last fall, Wyandotte fashioned a 6-9 record and Pendleton was named city boys soccer coach of the year by the Kansas City Kansan newspaper.

In the two years of its existence, Free State boys soccer teams have compiled a 3-31 record. The Firebirds were 2-15 last fall.

Pendleton will meet with last season's returning players and those who plan to try out this fall at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the school commons area.

Pendleton earned his undergraduate degree from McPherson College and a graduate degree in history at Emporia State.

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