Esfandiary replaces Frazelle as Vista soccer coach

By: Matt Long
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After leading the Vista del Lago boys’ and girls’ soccer programs since the school opened in 2007, Jimmy Frazelle has stepped down as head coach. Frazelle did so with a heavy heart, as his new position as the director of the El Dorado Competitive Soccer Club will not allow him the time to coach. “The position was offered to me late in the spring and it was a good opportunity and I took it,” Frazelle said. “I thought I would still be able to coach at Vista, but as it turns out, I just won’t have the time. I feel tremendously bad about it because I loved working with the kids and families at Vista. It’s hard to step away and I’m still emotional about it, but I just couldn’t give 100 percent to the program and that wouldn’t be fair.” Vista del Lago Principal Dr. John Dixon said he hated to see Frazelle go. “We will miss him,” Dixon said. “He did a lot for this program.” Frazelle, who resigned last month, has been replaced by junior varsity coach Joe Esfandiary, who has also been at Vista coaching the junior varsity teams since the school opened. “Joe has been with us and we’re fortunate to have another highly-qualified coach,” Dixon said. Frazelle added, “Joe knows the kids and he’s great with them. He’s the best fit for the position.” Esfandiary has been coaching soccer for 45 years. He coached the Christian Brothers varsity girls’ soccer team from 1990 to 2000 where he was named Coach of the Year three times. “I’m excited about it and I want to continue on with our tradition,” Esfandiary said. “Our goal is to make them better human beings and learn the game of soccer to the max. We want to learn while we’re having fun and discipline is also very important.”