---- — By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
Anyone who has attended a Warrior Run boys soccer game the past handful of years has become accustomed to looking across the field and seeing Doug Bastian coaching the Defenders.
Those soccer fans in Turbotville will have to get used to seeing another coach at the helm of the program.
After seven years as the head coach of the Warrior Run boys program, Bastian is stepping down.
A replacement head coach has not yet been named.
Bastian took over the Defenders in the 2007 season and guided them to a 12-8-1 record into the playoffs, not missing a beat from the years prior.
Bastian had only one losing season in Warrior Run, a disappointing 6-10-2 year in 2008.
The Defenders made five straight District 4 appearances after that season, however, including three straight years appearing in the district semifinals.
Bastian's Defenders went a perfect 18-0 in 2012 in the regular season and claimed the school's first league title in the process before losing in the semifinals.
Warrior Run nearly won its first District 4 title since 2004 this past fall, losing in overtime, 2-1, to Danville.
Of all the games -- both regular season and playoffs -- highlights and accomplishments of numerous players, there isn't just one that jumps out for Bastian.
What he remembers most is his players' excitement.
"What I'll remember the most from my time at Warrior Run is simple," Bastian said. "The boys expressing excitement after hard-earned and well-deserved victories -- the energy and 'looks of contentment' that teams share with their coaches when they realize their hard work and effort have resulted in a favorable outcome."
Bastian compiled a career record of 90-41-9 in his seven seasons with the Defenders.