Let the story of Davis (Calif.) Senior High School boys' soccer coach Ashley Yudin serve as a warning to athletic directors who don't properly maintain playing fields during the summer months. Yudin, who coached the Blue Devils to six Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships (including last season) during his 26-season tenure, is considered a soccer icon in the area and is the namesake of the school's Yudin Field. But the coach retired one year earlier than planned after that field's condition deteriorated over the summer. In fact, the field has been temporarily closed since Aug. 1 to accommodate construction projects at the school, during which it reportedly went school district crews, Foster said the boys' soccer team will practice off campus; some games might be played at a nearby football stadium that has synthetic turf.
- by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor
- August 2012