When Jeff Panos left his position as boys soccer coach at Serra High after the 2017-18 season, he planned to take a break from being a head coach. After serving as an assistant coach for Mountain View High’s varsity boys team last season, however, he changed his mind.
“I told myself I would only take on a new endeavor if the fit was absolutely eye-popping to me,” said Panos, a head coach for 20 years. “Mountain View girls (soccer) is something that I’ve always been aware of because of their success. And as I was assisting Jim (McGuirk) this past year, I would look over from the sideline and kind of see how they were doing ... and I thought to myself, ‘You know, this would be a really good fit if the door opened.’”