Holly Springs soccer coach Brian Miller knows his move is a bit unusual.
Most of his peers around the state are more likely to resign from their post as girls soccer coach to focus on the boys’ side. Miller is doing the opposite.
Miller, who coached the Golden Hawks boys for three seasons and advanced to the playoffs each time, won’t return next fall because he wants to develop the girls’ program more, not just at the school, he said, but in the town of Holly Springs.
“Holly Springs varsity women’s soccer was always my dream job. When I got to Holly Springs I never thought twice about the men’s side, but after a few years I decided to give the men’s side a shot and it was the best decision I ever made. It made me a better coach and I learned so much from the speed of the game,” Miller said in an email.
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Miller’s girls soccer teams also jave made the playoffs in all three seasons he’s coached them.
“The women’s game is very unique. It may not be as fast as the men’s, but the quality and creativity of the game is a beautiful thing to watch,” Miller said.
The Holly Springs boys made it to the third round for the first time in school history this fall. The program had just two wins the season before Miller took over.
It was a tough choice, he said, but he is ready to help the sport become more popular in the town.
“Coaching two programs, you never really have a chance to do some of the offseason workouts and activities that you may want to accomplish,” Miller said. “I will now have that chance once again in Holly Springs and I am excited to see the women’s side of soccer grow in our area as we take the team to the next step.”