HOOSICK, N.Y. -- One of the most successful girls soccer coaches in recent Section II history could be done after 13 seasons -- but the final decision remains up in the air.
Hoosick Falls Central School girls soccer coach Tom Husser, who led the Panthers to state championships in 2005, 2011 and 2012, posted openings for both the girls soccer and boys soccer positions this week.
"I enjoy coaching, I coach the greatest kids," Husser said. "It’s bittersweet, but they told me I couldn’t coach and be [the athletic director.]"
Husser said he believes a school board decision was made that he couldn’t do both at the same time, but that the directive would be for any coach in that situation, not something specific to him.
Along with his three state championships, Husser led the Panthers to 225 wins, six sectional titles and nine sectional final appearances in 13 years.
Husser became the athletic director at Hoosick Falls after Brett Lamy was let go during the summer. He was approved as the soccer coach again at the June school board meeting and at that meeting, a 12-month Coordinator of Interscholastic Athletics position was created at a salary of $35,000.
At the July re-organization meeting, Husser was then approved for the position.
"They said I could coach [this season] because we were going for the three-peat," Husser said. "We didn’t win it, but we did win our third sectional in a row."
Hoosick Falls moved up to Class B this fall, and beat Greenville in the sectional final before falling to Schalmont in the B-BB crossover game.
Husser, who has been the Section II coordinator for girls soccer for a number of years, said he will continue to do that for at least one more season.
If Husser isn’t the coach next season, he said he hopes that his varsity assistant coach, Brittany Pine, will be offered the position.
"She played for me for four years and has coached for another three," Husser said. "If they say I can’t do it, she should get it."
The boys’ head coach, Mike Young, stepped down days after the season -- one where the Panthers reached the Section II, Class B quarterfinals.
Young, who lives in East Greenbush, took a promotion at work, something that wouldn’t allow him as flexible of a schedule, Husser said.
Young leaves after three years of leading the Panthers, including reaching the program’s first Final Four appearance in 2012.
"Each year it got harder for him," Husser said. "Mike loves Hoosick Falls, loved how hard the kids worked. It was a tough decision for him."