When his second son was born in March, Tommy Hipple knew he was going to need a break from coaching.After 10 seasons coaching at his alma mater, Hipple has resigned as York High’s boys soccer coach.
“The camaraderie of the guys is just amazing,” said Hipple, who played for the Falcons from 1992-95 and was a co-state player of the year. “I’m going to miss that part of it.”
However, Hipple felt the time was right to leave the Falcons. For the past five years, he had been commuting from his home in Portsmouth to Williamsburg, where he works as a recreational therapist at Eastern State Hospital.
The Falcons (10-4-3 overall, 7-1-1 district) finished second in the Bay Rivers District this season behind state semifinalist Jamestown. York lost to Courtland 2-1 in overtime of a Region I quarterfinal.
“I hate to see him go,” York athletic director Sam Jackson said, “because he’s done some positive things for York High School.”
Jackson said he expects to have a new coach hired by the middle of August.