Desert Vista is looking for a girls soccer coach after Paul Manoogian stepped down once the Thunder were ousted from the Class 5A Division I semifinals.

Manoogian said he knew before the season started that it was fifth and final season, but decided to keep it to himself.

"I didn't want to make it about me," he said. "We had a good team and I don't think it would have served as motivation or a one more time around the league type thing."

Desert Vista athletic director T.J. Snyder said the search for a replacement is ongoing.

Manoogian guided the Thunder to two state final appearances, two more semifinal appearances and the only regret might the one year (2008) that the postseason run wasn't extended.

"That was probably our most talented team, but we ran into a team of destiny in Mountain Pointe," he said, referring to the Pride team that won state as an 11th seed, including a win over DV in the first round.

Manoogian's reason for stepping down simply came down to time. He is the men's and women's soccer coach at Mesa Community College, the men's and women's golf coach at Gateway Community College and a club soccer coach with the Gilbert Soccer Club.

"It is reaching the point in my life where time is precious," he said.

Manoogian said he was blessed with talented players during his time at Desert Vista and that is what he will remember most.

"We had a lot of good players," he said. "We had 12 players receive Division I scholarships. We were deep and talented. We had some great captains from Cara Miller to Julia Waterhouse and KK Tupponce and so many in between.

"It was a pretty good run."

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