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Fretz returns to coach Crater girls

CENTRAL POINT — More than a decade after his departure, Terry Fretz is returning to a program he rebuilt and helped lead to the state playoffs for first time in school history.

Fretz, who boasts several successful rebuilds of Rogue Valley prep soccer programs on his accomplished resume, will once again lead the Crater High girls with the hope of guiding the team out of mediocrity.

The Comets twice qualified for the state playoffs, in 2003 and 2004, for the first time in school history under Fretz, who was originally hired in August 1999 and, after rebuilding the program, departed in February 2005.

From there, Fretz became the head coach of the girls program at South Medford, where he was named Southwestern Conference coach of the year in 2008 and led the Panthers to the state playoffs all six years he was there.

Most recently, Fretz was hired to resurrect a dormant Cascade Christian boys program following a 13-year hiatus. He was named Southern Cascade League coach of the year in 2015 and led the Challengers to the state playoffs in his final three seasons.

The Crater girls have struggled in recent seasons, compiling a record of 3-22-1 during four seasons in the Midwestern League and an overall mark of 12-39-5 since the Comets dropped down from a Class 6A program to Class 5A in 2014.

This year, Crater showed modest improvement while finishing 1-6 in the MWL and 3-9 overall under coach Rianna Lee. The team had two players who garnered all-league honors: second-teamer McKenna Gugliotta, a junior, and honorable mention pick Izabella Martinez, a freshman.