If Liberty girls soccer coach Eli Liuba had his way, he would coach the Hawks until he died.
However, Liuba isn’t getting his way. He is finding himself in a Catch-22. His business, Pacific Metal Fab and L&L Machining, is booming, therefore he is required to do a lot of work and the orders are coming in. On the other hand, because of the extra workload, Liuba isn’t able to put the time he needs to dedicate himself to the Liberty girls soccer team — therefore he is retiring after 15 years of coaching.
“I love coaching,” he said. “If I wasn’t as busy as I am now, I would still continue coaching. I cannot afford taking time off work the way I’ve done in the past. We’re so busy that we’re working seven days a week, 12 to 16 hours a day. It’s just impossible to take time off.”
Liuba led the Hawks to the Div. III Valley Championship match, losing to Ridgeview-Bakersfield. His Hawks also won the North Sequoia League championship after his four years as the head coach of the Madera Coyote girls soccer program. He also coached for three years with the boys program...