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Diebold end 13-year run at Harper

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By Jonathan Cregier

After 13 seasons guiding the Harper College men's soccer program, Jason Diebold stepped down from his post late last week.

Under Diebold's guidance the Hawks advanced to five NJCAA Region IV tournament championship games and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament twice, in 2004 and 2005.

In his time with the Hawks, Diebold was named NJCAA Region IV coach of the year twice.

Both the school and its former coach are saying they would like to see the program go in a "different direction."

The Hawks struggled last year, finishing 3-9 overall and 2-6 in the North Central Community College Conference.

"We have a good base," said Harper athletic director Doug Spiwak. "I would like to have a new person in place soon."

Spiwak wants to continue to emphasize local participation on the Hawks' roster. He acknowledges the team's downturn in recent seasons but believes it could regain prominence.

"I'd like to get our program to where it's one of the top programs in the region," Spiwak said.

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