Matt Anderson took a page out of the Urban Meyer book of coaching this week.
Days after announcing his plans to resign his duties as both boys and girls soccer coach at Lawrence High, Anderson, who coached the boys team for two seasons and is currently in his sixth season as girls coach, said Friday that he’ll be back to coach the Lions’ girls team next season, though he won’t return to coach the boys.
Meyer said in December he was going to retire as Florida’s football coach to deal with health concerns, then the next day said he would take an indefinite leave instead. He returned to oversee Gators practices in March and is expected to serve as UF coach in the fall.
Anderson, who cited the desire to spend more time with family as his primary reason for stepping down earlier in the week, informed members of the girls team Friday night that he’d be back next season.
“It was a deal where my wife and I talked and she knew I wouldn’t be happy without soccer, so we talked and decided this was the way to go,” said Anderson, who also will be leaving his position at Lawrence High to go back to school.
In the end, he said, staying on as girls coach while stepping down as boys coach would allow him to remain close to the sport while also providing more free time to spend with family and on school.
“It gives me a lot more freedom,” Anderson said. “Coaching both teams, you’re working on something in one way or another every single day. This will just allow me more time for everything else.”