When Lawrence High's boys soccer team lost to Manhattan, 2-0, in Tuesday's Class 6A regional contest, it represented the last game for head coach David Platt.
Although Platt has not turned in the official paperwork to the school district, he told LHS principal Steven Nilhas and LHS athletic director Ron Commons he would not return.
"That was his last game," Commons said. "He decided he no longer wanted to be head soccer coach."
This year's varsity team finished 3-12-2, but Platt fondly will remember his last class of 15 seniors - Logan Marineau, Caleb Quaye, Kyle Craig, Ignacio Carvajal, David Liston, Colin Flanders, Michael Valverde, William Nagengast, Kevin Calton, Daniel Parker, Ted Olson, Nathan Roush, Bryant Denning, Greg Payne and Nick Chance.
"The senior class was just a real special group of kids," Platt said. "I couldn't be more proud of the group of kids and the effort they put in."
Platt has coached four years, but said LHS initially hired him on an interim basis when its last coach suddenly departed.
"I was hired kind of as a temporary fill-in four years ago," Platt said. "The one-year fill-in turned into four years later of doing the job, and that wasn't my intention to necessarily do that."
Platt will continue to serve as an assistant boys basketball coach. He also said the future of LHS soccer looked bright because of its young talent. The sophomore team, which finished 10-3 this season, has experienced winning seasons the last two years.
"We're about to see a resurgence in Lawrence High soccer," Platt said. "It's time to bring in another piece to the puzzle and try to get Lawrence High soccer on the winning track."