But new Culbreth head coach with FHS soccer his own man
Bradley Culbreth surely would welcome a “like father, like son” result for Farragut High School boys soccer some 14 years from now.
The new hire as Admirals skipper — introduced to his 2021 players during a ceremony in the FHS Commons Friday, Oct. 23 — comes a little more than five years after the super-success at FHS of his late father, Wally Culbreth, who from 2002 through 2015 won a national championship (2004) and four Class AAA state titles.
“It’s good to be back around the program, back around the school,” said Culbreth, an assistant coach under his father for almost 10 years who helped the Ads win the ’07 and ’09 state championships and finish state runner-up in 2014.
“I’m excited to see what we can do,” he added. “... I know what recipe was used for the success of the program. ... My father was always over-prepared; there was plan A and plan B and plan C.”
Central to that recipe was “relationships — communication is key,” he said.
However, “I have my own mentality on playing to my strengths,” Bradley added.
With his final season as a multi-position All-region and All-district honoree, FHS Class of 2002, it marked his father’s first season at Admirals skipper. “I’ve got a lot of history and memories here,” said Bradley, who went on to play college soccer at Tusculum.