CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Who says you can’t go home? Bobby Collins isn’t buying it.
The South Carolina native has returned to his roots. Collins lands on the Bruins sidelines after four successful seasons at Hough.
He’s the guy tasked with turning around a Lancaster program that dropped 18 of its 20 games the last two seasons. But wins will come with year-round work.
“I love how you can have spring football. It’s football 365 days a year. Hough is a good program. I’m looking forward to watching them play in the state championship one week before Lancaster plays in the State Championship,” he says.
As for the Huskies, Miles Aldridge is the new top dog. Aldridge is doing the exact opposite of his predecessor, leaving Spring Valley and South Carolina after a 12-1 season for North Carolina and Hough, where he brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to the table.
Biggest challenge in year one?
“It’s them getting to know me, changing things a bit. It’s always different so it’s going to take a little time to grow,” Aldridge says.
Aldridge and Spring Valley had their season end at the hands of former Indy and current Dutch Fork head coach Tom Knotts.
Speaking of the 4a Southwestern Conference, another new face at Myers Park, Scott Chadwick, makes 3 in 3 seasons for the Mustangs.
“A lot of guys don’t have to go into high school and go through 3 different coaches regimes. Our juniors, it’s their third in three years. It’s a challenge but I told them it’s something you overcome or something you use as an excuse.”
Following a legend could be a good excuse, but it’s not one Mike Brodowicz is willing to use at Charlotte Catholic.
The Cougars’ new main man is ready to continue the success that Oddo achieved in his more than 40 seasons on the Catholic sidelines.
“There’s pressure following Coach Oddo but the team and the community is all behind us so we are looking forward to the challenge,” Brodowicz said.
Former Vance head coach Keith Wilkes wanted a new challenge so he took his experience to the South Meck 8 and joined Olympic.
He’ll be ready for opening night.
“You definitely want to start the race off on the right foot so that’s what we are looking to do. It starts in August so we’ll be ready when August gets here.”
This August signals a new era in Newton-Conover. The Red Devils are now led by former Burns head coach Matt Beam.
Beam’s former teams went 51-17 during his final five seasons in Lawndale.
“I left a place in Burns that was talent ridden. But these boys have re-energized me and it was just time for a new challenge.”