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January 28, 2011 > Leffler awarded CCS Honor Coach

Leffler awarded CCS Honor Coach

By Mihir Bhagat

Milpitas High School boys soccer coach Bill Leffler has been named the recipient of the annual 2010-2011 Central Coast Section Honor Coach award for boys soccer.

Tri-City Voice was able to catch up with Leffler and talk about not only the award and his coaching career, but also his off-the-field pursuits.

First off, realize that this is just his latest achievement in sports. In fact, he began by stating how sports has and continues to be a huge part of his life.

"It's the thing that puts all the other tasks and pressures of everyday life in prospective and keeps me grounded and able to handle anything that comes my way."

All throughout his entire life, he's been involved in either playing or coaching sports. As a kid, he said he played baseball, basketball and football, and was rather successful doing so as he traveled around the world to compete.

It's often noted that great things come to you in contrary to going to them. Interestingly enough, that's what happened to Leffler. After coaching soccer in a local Milpitas league in 1975, a group of parents came to him to help initiate a program at the high school level.

Ever since, he's never taken a break and is proud to see the program grow as it has over the years.

"In 1982 we only had one team playing soccer and since then the program has increased in numbers and quality play for more than 500 players in the varsity program," he said. "Our program has been lucky enough to have community backing which has provided such great things as the turf fields we play on, and the goals donated by local clubs."

When asked what this specific award meant to him, he responded with a heart-felt answer expressing his ultimate vision as a coach.

"I'm proud of the fact that the time and effort that I have taken over the years in attempting to teach, coach and instruct the young youth at Milpitas has been acknowledged," he said.

At the same time, he added that the notary that accompanied the award was a bit embarrassing.

"It has always been my belief that if you show someone you care, and pass along the information that you have learned in your life that the world would be a better place," said Leffler. "That is what I have been trying to do: get the student-athletes ready for life after school where they can use the lessons you find in sports to increase their chances for being successful and happy."

Leffler's Trojans (4-5-2) currently play nine underclassmen and they've had a bit of a learning curve this season. However, he believes that with time and experience they should be improved. Yet for the time being, Leffler is content and is focusing on the moment.

"At this point I am not thinking about the future as much as the day to day success of the soccer team."

Leffler was officially recognized for the award at the CCS Board of Managers on Wednesday, Jan. 26, along with the rest of the CCS Winter Sports Honor Coaches.

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