(LEFT: DAVID SIMON, RIGHT: JOSE VALDES)
MONTREAL - David Simon has stepped down from his part-time post as head coach of the McGill University men's soccer team to focus on his day job as a crown prosecutor in Montreal. A 38-year-old native of Paris, France, who previously played for the Redmen, Simon guided McGill to an overall 34-21-9 record in three seasons, including a 20-10-6 mark in league play. He was named coach of the year in the Quebec-based RSEQ conference last season and guided the Redmen to a fifth-place finish at the CIS championship tournament in Victoria, B.C. He also led McGill to a CIS silver medal in 2009.
Jose-Luis Valdes will take over the head coaching duties for the winter indoor season, which begins on Jan. 15. The 31-year-old native of Montreal was a goalkeeper for the Redmen from 2001 to 2004 and has also served the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach with the McGill women's team, helping the Martlets win five conference titles. Valdes, who is fluent in English, French and Spanish, graduated from McGill in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in physical and health education. He served as a coach with the Quebec Soccer Federation from 2002 to 2010 and holds a national B coaching license from the Canadian Soccer Association.
The Redmen coaching staff for the 2012 fall outdoor campaign will be finalized in the spring.
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