Robinson boys’ soccer Coach Jac Cicala will retire at the end of the season, he said, stepping away after an illustrious career that included 20 seasons and four state titles on the sidelines of Northern Virginia high schools.
Cicala, 58, is retiring after more than 30 years as a teacher in Fairfax County. County rules specify that a retiring teacher must step away from coaching for at least one year before being salaried again.
“A mandates that I leave B, it’s not that I wanted to leave coaching,” said Cicala, the 1989 All-Met Coach of the Year. “I would have loved to stay, but I have to sit out a full year. … It’s very difficult. I’ve loved being at Robinson.”
A member of the Virginia-D.C. Soccer Hall of Fame, Cicala began coaching at Marshall in 1979 and has spent 20 seasons at boys’ soccer programs across the county. In between high school stints, he also spent 12 seasons as a coach of the women’s soccer team at George Mason University.