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Zaltron to lead MV-L soccer
March 29, 2013 · Crystal Eskelsen

Crystal Eskelsen

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The Mount Vernon-Lisbon boys' soccer team has a new head coach this season, Diego Zaltron, who is excited to be a part of the program.

Zaltron comes to the Mustangs with a solid background in coaching the sport of soccer. His most recent coaching assignments include being the assistant coach for the Cornell College men's team and a coach at Heartland Soccer Club in Cedar Rapids for the U15-U16 boys.

He also has lots of playing experience with time spent playing for the Miami Breakers and Tulsa Roughnecks in the United States, and on several teams in Argentina.

Having spent much of his recent past in warm climates, this unusually cold Iowa spring has been a fun twist on the coaching experience for Zaltron.

The Mustangs have 16 returning players and seven new, including two freshmen (Seth Russell and Zach Malik) and one exchange student from Spain (Guillermo Vega). They have 10 seniors returning to the team with loads of experience, including Collin Smith, Logan Walker, Blake Heeren, Jake Muller, Whitey Burnett, Marshall Tuerler, Robbie Blythe, Seamus Taylor, Alex Bradbury and Calvin Kranig.

Because of the weather, Mount Vernon-Lisbon had had only one outdoor practice as of this past week, so there are a lot of unknowns about the team.

"It's hard to say where we are technically or tactically," Zaltron said. "But I can tell you that they are working extremely hard. There is unity and all the boys are eager to learn."

The team's first game is this coming Tuesday at home against Marion.

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