The referee blows the whistle to end the game. One sideline erupts in cheers, while the other is silent. The Sultana varsity girls' soccer team, along with their coach, Danny Polmounter, sprints into a huddle on the Warren High School field as they ecstatically embrace each other.


It was March 5, and they had just won the Division IV CIF championship against Granite Hills High School- the second one in a row.


"This year was a little different [than last year] because the game was in hand," Polmounter said. "I remember walking up and down the sidelines with a couple minutes left in the game, saying, 'They (Granite Hills) can't make any excuses this year.' I think I said that to every single girl who was sitting on the bench."


Despite coaching the Sultana girls' varsity team through two successful seasons, Polmounter said that he cannot take all the credit.


"They just fed off each other," he said with watery eyes. "It wasn't something I did, it was just them doing what came natural to them."


With this triumphant back-to-back championship in hand, Sultana not only ended their season, but Polmounter ended his six-year Sultana soccer coaching career as well.


In addition to being varsity girls head soccer coach, Polmounter has also been Sultana's assistant football coach at the freshman/sophomore level and has served as an umpire for high school baseball. Polmounter said that coaching takes a great deal of time and effort that could be used spending time with his family, which includes his wife Stephanie, his 2-year-old son Bryant and his 4-month-old daughter Camryn.


"As a coach, it's not a 9-5 job, where you just go to practice time and then you're done. There's planning, there's countless nights where you stay up at night thinking about things when you don't want to be," he said. "It takes you away from family. With two kids now, I need to be around as much as possible. I want to see my kids. I want to be around when they're young."


Although he said coaching is demanding, Polmounter said he has many fond memories of his time coaching Sultana soccer, almost too many to count.


"In the six years that I've been here, the one thing I can leave saying is that we had fun," he said.


Polmounter, speaking from experience as a former soccer player, also had some advice to offer future Sultana varsity girls' soccer teams.


"Those relationships need to continue to grow," he said. "[They need to] make sure that they stay united as a team on the field and off the field."


Current members of the team said they would miss Polmounter as their coach.


"I will miss his enthusiasm because I don't know if all coaches will have the same enthusiasm as him," said soon-to-be senior Kelly Keyes, who was a member of both CIF championship teams.


Soon-to-be junior Megan Morgenstern, also a member of both CIF champion teams, said she would miss "being able to joke around and just laugh and hang out and just be really cool with [Polmounter]."


Polmounter said he will miss the girls he has spent countless soccer-filled hours with as well.


"I'll definitely miss coaching the girls, the practices, having fun, the celebrations after the game. I'll miss the pasta parties," he said. "I'll miss the girls being excited after winning a big game. Everything about the whole aspect of the team, I'll miss. It definitely wasn't an easy decision."