Scott DeRusha won a conference title in his first season. He won one in his final season. Ditto for every season in between.
He never tasted second place.
After winning conference titles in each of his five years, the Eau Claire Memorial graduate stepped down as the school’s girls soccer coach Monday.
“It was a privilege to work with such wonderful people and athletes,” DeRusha said. “I feel blessed to have been part of such a strong program. I appreciate the support I was provided by the administration at Memorial.”
DeRusha leaves Memorial with a 99-16-3 record. Under his watch, the Old Abes won those five Big Rivers titles, running their streak to seven in a row, and were a fixture in the statewide rankings. This season they went 18-3-1 and appeared in their third consecutive sectional final.
In 2016, DeRusha coached the Abes to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.
The 2005 Memorial graduate was just the program’s third coach, following George Oien — whom DeRusha played for in high school — and Kit Schiefelbein.
DeRusha’s successor will take over the premier program in the area and one of the best in the state. All told Memorial has made nine trips to the state tournament and captured 15 conference titles.