"Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter."
- Dan Reeves (Former NFL athlete and head coach)
35 Special: Weir closes book on legendary coaching career
BY Matt Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org
At some point, the 0:00 on a scoreboard denotes the end of a varsity soccer team's season.
On April 13 at Midland's Grande Communications Stadium, the three zeroes on the scoreboard of the Region I Semifinal between the Plano Senior and El Paso Bel Air boys soccer teams didn't just signify the end of the Wildcats' season -- a 1-0 loss -- it embodied the end of an era and the final match of longtime head coach Bob Weir's career.
It's a moment that had become inevitable as Weir's Wildcats played deeper and deeper into the playoffs, one that had been building since the coach's postgame talk with his team on March 20 following a 2-1 victory over Lewisville.
It was then Weir let his players know of his intentions to retire at the end of the season, instantly triggering a motivation for the Wildcats to go for one more state title to put alongside the state-record six others Plano had already won.
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Congratulations to Plano Wildcat soccer coach Bob Weir on his 500th win.
When Plano Senior boys soccer head coach Bob Weir came on board to helm the Wildcats for the 1978 season, he was just glad to have a job.
It was an ideal situation and a system that fit the Weir, then in his mid-20s.
"I didn't have any focus for how long I'd be here," he said. "I just felt that as long as I enjoyed it and they'd keep me here, I'd go as long as I could."
To say Weir's gotten plenty out of his time coaching Plano would be an understatement, and that was no more evident than Friday night when he enjoyed not just a 3-0 shutout of Richardson, but the 500th win of his career.
"It wasn't something that I ever thought I'd achieve or a goal I had set," Weir said. "I felt things like winning 300 or 400 were tremendous, but I wasn't sure if I would be around for 500. The kids have worked really hard for this program and we've had some successful years as of late that helped get toward this mark."
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