Girls’ get soccer coach, too Charger dugout not vacant now with Allen return
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Two coaching vacancies have been filled with one more to go for Westview High School.
On Monday, Charger principal Jeromy Davidson announced he has filled the baseball and girls’ soccer coaching spots.
Bryan Allen will be taking over the baseball job that became vacant when Chad Levister resigned a month ago. This will be his second go-around as the Chargers’ head coach.
Hannah Steadman of Jackson will be making her head coaching debut as the Lady Chargers’ soccer coach this fall.
The Westview tennis job remains open, but is expected to be filled before week’s end.
Davidson has also hired Phillip Tyler — who was Bradford’s baseball head coach the last four years — as an assistant to Allen. The move will give the Westview baseball program two men with head coaching experience.
“Bryan has some knowledge of the game and Phillip has some knowledge of the game,” Davidson told the Press Monday. “So we have got two guys coaching baseball that have a total of eight years as head coaches in baseball.”
Allen was the Chargers head coach for four seasons prior to Levister and is an assistant football coach at Westview. Davidson believes Allen gave up coaching baseball the first time because of the time management between baseball and football. The WHS administrator says Allen had a talk with Don Coady about the situation and Allen is confident he can balance the two this time around.
“When the job came back open he and I sat down and talked about it,” Davidson said. “I think the reason Bryan gave it up the first time is because he struggled with the time commitment between football and baseball. He talked with Coach Coady about that and he is going to be able to pay baseball the due diligence he thinks it deserves.”
This will not be the first time Allen and Tyler will be working together in baseball. Tyler is a former Westview student teacher and assisted Allen coaching baseball for two years.
“We are very excited about the combination of Bryan and Phillip,” Davidson said. “I think the kids will greatly benefit from their knowledge of the game. They worked very well together for two years and I think they will do a great job continuing working together.”
Davidson said Tyler told him Bradford won four or five games his first two years as the head coach and won 25 games his last two years.
“We definitely have got some experience in the skipper hat,” Davidson said. “Of course the kids know Coach Allen. None of these kids played for him, but they all know him because a lot of them play football.”
The girls’ soccer head coaching experience is completely opposite.
This will be Steadman’s first head coaching job on any level with organized sports, and she will teach English at Westview.
Steadman played her high school soccer at Madison Academic and played club soccer along with intramural soccer in college. Although she has no coaching experience, Davidson says she is very knowledgeable about the sport — something he was looking for.
“She has knowledge of the game,” Davidson said. “One of the things we look for is someone who knows what they are talking about. It is a lot easier in any sport if a coach says something and the kids have done that before. It is a lot easier for them to buy into it. This is her first year coaching and first year teaching. Hannah is very excited about it.”
Davidson is confident Steadman will continue to build upon the success the Lady Charges have had in recent seasons under former head coach Matt Cupples.
He says one thing the girls are not afraid of is doing extra work in the offseason with the summer programs he installed.
“I think the girls will get along with Coach Steadman very well,” Davidson said. “Coach Cupples did a fantastic job with the young ladies. I think Coach Steadman will come in and build off some of the groundwork Coach Cupples had in place.
“Our last three years will testify to those extra hours our girls have put in.”
Davidson said an announcement regarding the tennis position could be made as soon as Wednesday, if not before.
Published in The WCP 6.18.13