Shene hired as next McMinnville boys soccer coach
Late in December 2011, Chuck Bechtol left McMinnville to take over the men’s soccer program at Linfield. Last spring, McMinnville hired Ricardo Zyelinske — a Westview boys assistant — to replace Bechtol. Then after spending most of the summer missing in action and failing to perform his duties in preparation for the upcoming fall season, Zyelinske was fired by McMinnville athletic director Mark Hinthorn. Needing a quick replacement, Hinthorn turned to Jeff Autencio to coach the Grizzlies in the interim.
McMinnville finished 13-3-1 in 2012 and lost in the 6A state quarterfinals to Grant. Autencio stepped away, again leaving a void in one of McMinnville’s most successful programs.
Friday, Hinthorn filled that void by hiring former Molalla boys soccer coach Jory Shene to be the next head coach of the McMinnville boys soccer team.
“We’re working to building this team and create an atmosphere of continued success and the camaraderie of being a team,” Hinthorn said. “Jory brings that.”
Shene, 27, was the head boys coach at 4A Molalla for the past four years. There, he built the Indians into a perennial state playoff team and a state champion in 2011. That season, the Indians went 15-2-2 and beat Phoenix 1-0 in the state championship finals. He was the state coach of the year in 2011 and was the Tri-Valley Conference coach of the year in 2011 and 2012.
The Indians went 13-3 this past season and lost in the state quarterfinals to eventual state champion Philomath. Shene said one of the main draws of the McMinnville job was the support given to the team by the community.
“Just to see the success in the past decade from McMinnville is definitely a huge piece,” Shene said. “The community support, that love for the game is such a positive. Hopefully we can continue that and continue that excitement.”
Shene, though young, brings a lot of soccer experience with him to the 6A ranks. He played on state teams while in high school at Molalla, where he graduated in 2003. He then played four years Pacific University as a goalkeeper. He graduated from Pacific in 2007 and still holds records for most saves in a season and most saves per game in one season. After earning his Bachelor’s in business and a Master’s in education, Shene played two seasons for the semi-professional Cascade Surge before going back to Molalla.
Currently, Shene lives in Hillsboro and substitutes during the week to supplement his salary. He won’t be able to work full-time at McMinnville, but Hinthorn said Shene should be able to pick up a lot of substitution hours within the district to keep him involved in the community.
Shene hasn’t met with his new team yet — McMinnville is on spring break — but he said Monday that he is already working on an offseason training schedule for the Grizzlies.
“The offseason is the best time to start building and to really start looking at increasing your pace and your conditioning. … I like to get started early.”
Shene said McMinnville was the ideal program to step into because he had been looking for a while to move up in classifications. McMinnville loses 11 seniors off its 2012 roster.
“I’m excited about the opportunity just because of (McMinnville’s) success,” Shene said. “I know they’re losing a lot of players, but the expectations will still be there, and I’m looking forward to that.”