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CV leader may walk from coaching for more family time
Omar Leon may have coached his last game for Central Valley High School's varsity boys soccer program.

Leon talked about his future following the Hawks' 2-0 loss to River Valley in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III finals on Nov. 10 in Stockton.

"Maybe the kids need another voice on the sidelines," said Omar, Central Valley's leader since 2007. "I haven't made a final decision. I need to discuss it with my family. Before, I didn't have any major responsibilities. My fiancée (Gladys) is having a baby at the end of the year."

Leon turned Central Valley into a Stanislaus-District powerhouse.

The Hawks won five straight conference titles and made six consecutive playoff appearances from 2007-12.

Central Valley collected 102 wins, 21 losses and 13 ties.

"The first group set the bar very high," Leon said.

The Hawks lost three times in the section finals, including 2-0 to River Valley this season, 3-2 to Vista del Lago in 2010 and 2-0 to Ceres High in 2009.

Central Valley played shorthanded against River Valley and Ceres High.

The Hawks squandered a 2-0 lead versus Vista del Lago.

"It would have been nice to finally get a section title," said Leon, whose team compiled a 24-3-2 overall record and three-peated in the WAC this year. "I don't have any regrets. I dedicated a lot of time to coaching. Obviously, I'm not going to leave the program hanging. I'll make sure they find somebody and if they don't I'll probably stick around."

Leon will continue to teach Spanish at Central Valley.