Cody McKinney has lost a lot this spring.
He lost his senior season with the Skyview High School boys soccer team, a season he believed would be a big one for the Storm.
He also lost the one last season of competitive sports.
But perhaps most painfully, he lost one final season with his mom as his coach.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had my mom as a coach multiple times,” Cody said of his mom, Colleen McKinney, Skyview’s varsity boys soccer coach. “We were looking forward to this last senior season, my last hurrah, with all my friends I grew up playing soccer with for like the past 10 years. We were really excited for this season, and it was crazy how it all ended. It was kind of sad to watch all the hard work we put in, during the offseason, and we were looking forward to having one of our best seasons ever. It’s kind of heartbreaking for everybody.”
And even more true for Mom.
“I miss being out there with Cody, getting that one last picture together on the field,” Colleen McKinney said. “There have been a few tears over that, particularly from my end.”
Colleen McKinney, a Division I soccer player at Washington State in her college days, has been coaching high school soccer in Vancouver for more than 15 years. She started coaching the Columbia River girls, leading the Chieftains to their first state title in 2009.