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Del Sol’s Goroff leaving coaching post

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Del Sol High football coach Preston Goroff shares a moment with senior wide receiver Evan Weinstock following the Dragons’ 20-19 victory against Basic on Saturday in the Sunrise Regional championship game.

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One of the area’s most accomplished high school football coaches is leaving his post.

Preston Goroff, who coached Del Sol High to the 2009 state championship game, stepped down as the Dragons’ coach last week to pursue a job in administration. Goroff was the only coach in Del Sol’s 10-year history, leading them to four straight appearances in the Sunrise Regional title game from 2006-09.

In 2009, they won their only Sunrise title to advance to the state championship game but lost to Bishop Gorman.

“I’m never going to close the door on football,” said Goroff, who finished with a 59-42 record. “There are so many great things about the sport. I always want it to be part of my life.”

When most athletic programs at Del Sol struggled to field competitive teams, Goroff’s football squad always was one of the area’s best. They had legendary battles with Las Vegas High, finally topping the Wildcats during the 2009 regular season in arguably the most significant win in program history. Las Vegas was the six-time defending Sunrise champions — a crown Del Sol took later that fall when it topped Basic in the finals — and had beat Del Sol in closely contested title games the previous two years.

“I love Del Sol,” Goroff said. “Some of the fondest memories of my life happened at the school. The kids I was able to coach and have an impact on, I wouldn’t trade one second of it for anything.”

Del Sol only combined to win six games in the past two seasons, including posting a 2-7 record in 2012, but Goroff’s reputation had long been cemented as one of Southern Nevada’s top coaches.

He started his career at Cimarron-Memorial and was on staff for the Spartans’ state championship season in 1999. He was the defensive coordinator at Foothill from 1999 until Del Sol opened in 2004, helping the Falcons reach the 2001 state semifinals and win multiple Southeast League crowns.

Next fall, for the first time since he was a child, Goroff won’t have a practice to attend or opponent for which to prepare.

“That’s what scares me,” he said. “Everybody has their time (to step away), I guess. You know when its your time.”

In addition to Goroff, veteran Desert Pines coach Paul Bennett also is leaving his coaching position for administration. Sierra Vista coach Mark Sauve also resigned

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  1. he was a great coach he helped boys become men... best of luck to coach goroff