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Gallegos takes over at North

Chris Gallegos' absence from the coaching ranks proved to be short-lived.

The former Crater boys soccer coach, who resigned from that post last April, has accepted the same position at North Medford.

He'll succeed former Black Tornado coach Matt Soper, who resigned this spring after guiding North Medford to four straight playoff appearances.

Gallegos left Crater to focus more attention to his family after it was discovered his 2-year-old daughter Carson had developed a mass in her cheek. Tests later revealed the mass was benign, but Gallegos admitted the stress had taken away his focus from the Comets.

But upon hearing of the opening at North Medford, Gallegos revisited the prospects of coaching with his family and decided to pursue the opportunity.

"During that time (since leaving Crater), things have gotten better with my daughter," Gallegos said. "Things have picked up. The hospital visits are less. And I work for the (North Medford) district already, and it's one of the places I've wanted to coach since the beginning of my coaching career."

Gallegos, a teacher at Washington Elementary, coached at Crater from 2001-08. He led the Comets into the state playoffs in his first two seasons and last two seasons.

Prior to that, he was a varsity assistant and JV coach at Phoenix from 1994-2000. Gallegos is a 1990 graduate of Phoenix High School.

Gallegos said he is looking forward to his next challenge.

"They are a soccer-rich school," Gallegos said of North. "I wanted to get involved in that. I'd really like to get these guys to be consistently on top of the leaderboard. But really, I want to get after a state title."

It is unclear if Gallegos' replacement at Crater has been named.

Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail landrews@mailtribune.com