Jason Thompson felt he needed to make a life change, and soccer drew the short straw.
Thompson, who coached the Huskies to the 5A Division I state championship in his second year at the helm, resigned from his position late last week.
He cited a need to back to college and earn his degree. That, combined with working to pay the bills, left little time in the near future to coach the Huskies or club soccer, and he decided to walk away from both positions.
"I'm getting older and I don’t have a lot that start family and don’t have the money and that bothers me," he said while helping his mother in California. "Work, school and play, I couldn’t do all three, so I'm walking away. If I coach a little I’ll want to do it all."
Thompson was an assistant under former Huskies coach Kirk Nelson for four years before Nelson left for a college job before the 2009-2010 season, and Thompson - who also coached at Gilbert - took over the Hamilton program.
Led by Tribune Player of the Year Rylie Johnson and a deep senior class, the Huskies went undefeated this past season and beat Xavier for the state title, the first in school history.
Thompson played at Mesa Community College in the mid-2000s, and tried the work-school-soccer combination, but it didn't work, and he didn't want a repeat.
"I'm getting older and I feel I don’t have a lot of time to start a family if that comes along, and don’t have the money," he said. "That bothers me."