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Head coach Steve Sollom, center, laughs as his team breaks the huddle to close the first day of practice for the Raider boys' soccer team Monday evening at the Hudson Soccer Complex. Sollom returns this season for his second stint as head coach after guiding the Raiders to four state tournament appearances from 1989-2002.

Sollom back as Raider soccer coach

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Guided team to four state tourneys from 1989-2002

Steve Sollom had a quick answer when asked why he decided to return as Raider boys' soccer coach this season.


"Because Chuck (Bublitz) quit," he said.

Sollom coached the Raiders from 1989-2002, guiding the team to four state tournament appearances and five Big Rivers Conference titles. He said the decision to come back as head coach was an easy one.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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