Apple Valley High School Girls Soccer Head Coach Keith Randa Retires
For Release: December 11, 2018
Head Apple Valley Girls Varsity Soccer coach, Keith Randa, informed Athletic Director, Virgil Jones, of his retirement after the 2018 MSHSL State Soccer Tournament.
“It is time in my life to turn to other interests, family, and travel,” Randa said.
Jones said Coach Randa has been the face of the girls’ soccer program at Apple Valley High School with 39 total years of coaching. Coach Randa spent 35 years as a coach at Apple Valley, twenty nine years as head coach and six years as a varsity assistant.
Jones said, “Coach Randa’s knowledge of the game is widely respected across the state of Minnesota, but ultimately he’s doing what’s best for him, what’s best for his family. We absolutely respect and appreciate that, and wish him nothing but the best.”
Katie Osborne, his 2018 Varsity Assistant Coach shared, “In the short time that I have been fortunate enough to learn from and work with Coach Randa, he has become the single most influential person for me at Apple Valley. Coach Randa has a way of making every moment and every conversation count. His care and devotion to progress in young athletes and students is profound. He truly has led the program by example, living each day by his closing locker room words, ‘pride, poise, confidence.’”
Coach Randa won a state championship in 1995, and was runner-up in 1992 and 1993. During his career, Coach Randa won five section championships and was runner-up five times. He led his teams to five conference championships and five conference runner-up finishes. Under Coach Randa, the Apple Valley Girls Soccer Team compiled a record of 325-167-57, a robust winning percentage of .644.
When looking for Coach Randa’s replacement, Jones said he will look for a coach that will continue Apple Valley’s rich soccer tradition and culture.
“We’re looking for someone who can come in and continue to build on the legacy that Coach Randa leaves behind,” Jones said. “We’ll get that process started here in the next day or so, and see what candidates are out there.”
Jones said the loss of Coach Randa as head coach will result in a transition period for the program.
“It’s definitely going to be a new environment next year, and it’s going to be challenging transitioning into a new season without him here,” Jones said. “He’s been a part of the overall athletic tradition at Apple Valley for over four decades.”
Coach Randa plans to continue teaching in the Science Department at Apple Valley High School and will continue being involved with High School Soccer as the Executive Secretary of the Minnesota High School Soccer Coaches Association. Coach Randa is currently a member of the Minnesota Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2004.