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This season, a new head coach is patroling the sidelines for the Corinth Holders varsity boys soccer team. But he won’t be a new face to the area.
Brad Betterton, athletic director and girls soccer coach at Archer Lodge Middle School, took over the reins of the Pirate soccer program at the end of July and replaces Allen Bracey, who had coached the boys team the last two seasons.
“It was a dream,” Betterton said. “I played high school soccer growing up, I’ve been a P.E. teacher and a high school coach has been what I wanted to do. Now I get the opportunity at Corinth. I’ve been in this community since I started teaching 15 years ago. I love this community and I’m very proud of this program.”
In taking on his new role as a high school soccer coach, Betterton has not relinquished either of his other two roles at Archer Lodge. He’s just learning how to balance all three the best he can as he gets the chance to reconnect with past students and players he had years ago.
Betterton attended Person High in Roxboro, where he played high school soccer, but has lived in the area for some time now as he began his teaching and coaching career. As he figures out how to balance his time, he says he’s relying on “a lot of patience with my team, my parents, my family, my wife, especially having to watch the kids.”
“I’ve got two young daughters,” he said. “It’s just a team effort.”
In 2019, Corinth Holders aims to be an improved unit with the new head coach.
Last season, the Pirates had a 7-13-2 record and finished near the bottom of the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference. Many of the players from that team are returning this season more experienced, and Betterton expects the older players to lead the program to more wins.
“We’ve got strong leadership with the seniors on the team,” Betterton said. “We’ve got good things coming forward for us. I think we can go pretty far in the conference, and I think we can go pretty far in the playoffs. We have good senior leadership, good senior talent.”
The hiring of Betterton was one of the final acts made by Corinth Holders athletic director Alison Vetterl before she announced her resignation. For the time being, assistant athletic director Ricky Howard will step in as the interim until her position can be filled.
Betterton said he and Vetterl worked together at Archer Lodge, and when he heard there was an opening for him to move up to the high school ranks, he went after it.
“It has been a great time since I came up,” Betterton said.