By Dane Mizutani on Aug 28, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.
Blake Brackett took over as the new leader of the New Life Academy girls soccer program a few short months ago. He stepped in for longtime coach Lynn Atkinson and quickly realized he had big shoes to fill.
“They were all familiar with the way he did things,” said Brackett, who served as an assistant with the boys team at New Life Academy last year. “I still have to earn the trust of this team.
“That takes time and I know that, but they’ve been very open to my style, and I think we’re all learning the things that work for us.”
The Eagles started up practice a couple weeks ago and that was really the first time Brackett got to see his team in live action. He said the first week or so was centered on building relationships and learning about his team.
“I only knew about players on the team via word of mouth,” Brackett said. “I actually hadn’t seen them play in person, so it’s been an adjustment for all of us.”
Brackett has had help with his transition this season, namely from his three senior captains. He said those three have really helped “getting the all girls going” during the first couple weeks of the season.
“I’m going to learn just as much from those captains just as much as they are from me this year,” he said. “I know they’ve been a part of the program longer than I have so they know what goes into the culture here. It’s definitely a two-way street at the moment.”
Brackett didn’t want to speculate on wins and losses so early in the season, but said he’s extremely excited for this season.
“We’re going to be competitive and we won’t be an easy out for anyone this season,” Brackett said. “We have talent on this roster. We’re going to need some players to step up this season with us losing some players from last year and if we can do that we’re going to be just fine going into the season.”