Soccer: IM girls coach steps down


IRON MOUNTAIN — Stephen Hodgins, who coached Iron Mountain High School girls soccer to the 2018 UP Soccer Conference championship, has stepped down from the position.

Hodgins posted a head coaching record of 16-4-1 over two season as a head coach. The Mountaineers beat the likes of powerhouse Marquette and Kingsford for their lone league soccer title.

Coaching soccer for the past eight seasons, Hodgins wants to spend more of his free time with his wife and son.

“He’s almost two years old and growing up too fast,” said Hodgins, who began as a Kingsford boys soccer assistant before transitioning to the Iron Mountain girls program.

Hodgins expressed appreciation to assistant coaches Dave Hodgins, Marissa Klarich and Molly Uhazie. He also thanked former head coach Zack Frorenza for hiring him as an assistant coach in 2016.

“Thanks to anyone who has ever donated to this soccer program to keep it funded,” Hodgins said. “Thanks to the families and friends of past and present players who have supported us at matches and at fundraising events. Thanks to my wife and son for lending me the time to coach and thanks to my players for being the absolute best I could of asked for.”

Asked about future plans, Hodgins said “probably no coaching until my son is ready to play organized sports.”