Bechtol steps down as head of men’s soccer program, Warren named replacement

Joe Stuart, Staff Writer

Linfield Wildcats men’s soccer head coach Chuck Bechtol has stepped down from his position, as announced Tuesday on the Linfield Athletics website.

Bechtol was fresh off his best finish in his four years at the helm of the program, with a 9-11-0 record, and 5-9-0 in Northwest Conference play, good enough for a sixth place finish.

Bechtol, a Linfield alum, was All-Conference Honorable Mention as a player in 1989, and First Team All-Conference in 1991.

He holds the record for the fourth most points in a career in program history with 70, and fourth all time in program history in goals with 29.

The Wildcats compiled a 30-42-2 overall record and a 19-35-2 record in conference play in the four years under Bechtol.

Bechtol reportedly resigned due to increasing demands from his full-time career.

2007 Linfield alum and former Linfield Wildcats women’s soccer assistant coach Adam Howard has been named Bechtol’s replacement as the new men’s head coach, effective immediately.

Warren lettered three time in his playing days at Linfield and was a member of Linfield’s 2003 Northwest Conference Championship team, one of two in program history.

Before his two seasons with the Linfield women’s team, Howard has previously been the head coach for the Yamhill-Carlton High School men’s soccer team and the McMinnville High School women’s soccer team.

Warren’s team will be well equipped for the 2016 season, with the Wildcats returning seven seniors when their season starts next September.

“I have been fortunate to be a part of the women’s side where the program has been a conference title contender for several years,” said Howard, as quoted in the press release posted by the Linfield Athletic Department, “And I hope to carry that success over to the men’s side and continue building on what Chuck has started.”