Dr. Charles Abboud End named at Mayo HS, Spartans Boys Soccer shuts out Austin

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(ABC 6 News) — The Mayo Spartans community took a moment before game time on Tuesday to honor longtime former boys soccer coach Dr. Charles Abboud.

Dr. Abboud stepped down in 2020 as head coach after serving in that role for 34 years. He was responsible for starting the program and furthering the development of soccer across Rochester and Minnesota overall. And now, the south end of the field will permanently bear his name in recognition of his legacy.

“It’s not only the athletes that I have coached for 34 years,” an emotional Dr. Abboud told the crowd. “It’s not only their parents, it’s not only their family but the Mayo High School and its athletic directors and its athletic office. All of these have left an indelible mark on my soul…”

The Spartans would blank Austin 3-0 to retain their first-place lead in the Big 9 Conference.