The 205 season is over for the San Antonio Scorpions, and on Sunday, the club announced the first of many big changes expected this winter. Head coach Alen Marcina won't be back in 2016, largely due to the awful season the club had defending their NASL championship.
Scorpions' president Howard Cornfield had the following to say about the decision to find a new head coach.
"I’d like to thank Alen for his tremendous contributions to the Scorpions. He has been with the club since we launched in 2012 and as head coach, he led us to a championship in 2014. However, we just completed a very disappointing season and we feel a fresh start is needed for us to give our fans the winning soccer they expect and deserve. The organization wishes Alen all the best in his future endeavors."
"We have already started our search for the next head coach of the San Antonio Scorpions and I anticipate we will have an announcement in the near future."
Frankly, I don't see how anyone could have been successful with the Scorpions this season, given the amount of turnover in the squad, and the ridiculously late signings of many key players this spring. Marcina did a fine job in an awful situation as far as I'm concerned, and I'd put most of the blame for the terrible season directly on the shoulders of the front office, who left Marcina with a makeshift defense in the buildup to the season, barely giving him enough warm bodies to play a four-man unit in the opener.
Unfortunately for Marcina, the front office was never likely to put much blame on themselves, and he'll now be looking for a job elsewhere. It will be interesting to see if his replacement is given a squad earlier in the offseason, or if it will be more of the same in San Antonio.