Stephen McAnespie named head coach of Brother Martin soccer

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Brother Martin High School Athletic Director Scott Williams has announced coaching changes within the soccer program for the 2013-14 season.

Louie Smothermon will remain with the program as Program Director and Assistant Varsity Coach Stephen McAnespie has been named to replace Smothermon as Crusaders new Head Soccer Coach.

"We felt this move to be in the best interest of Brother Martin and our successful soccer program. As always, we constantly critique our programs and coaching staffs as to how we can better ourselves for the sake of our kids. This transition will afford us the opportunity to grow from top to bottom, rather than just at the varsity level. Our program has grown tremendously in the time Louie has served as Head Coach. His promotion to Program Director will allow him the opportunity to focus more on player development at all levels of the program. We have been extremely fortunate to have the level of expertise in these coaches, Smothermon and McAnespie. Stephen is an obvious choice to assume the responsibilities of continuing the winning tradition that has been established in our soccer program," Williams said.

Smothermon has been the head coach of Brother Martin soccer for seven seasons. During his tenure, the Crusaders wee Co-District Champions in both 2012 and 2013 and also reached the state semi-finals three times in the last four seasons. He is a graduate of Lander University where he earned a B.S. in Exercise Science in 1992. While a student at Lander, he was a Collegiate All-American performer and the Lander University Athlete of the Year in 1991. Smothermon earned a Masters in Sports Management in 1996 from East Tennessee State University. He received a diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier and earned a United States Soccer Federation A License.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to oversee the Brother Martin soccer program as the Program Director. I'm equally pleased the varsity program will move forward uninterrupted and be led by Coach Steve McAnespie who has been with the varsity soccer program for several years and is one of the elite coaches in the region. This opportunity will allow me to continue to oversee the varsity program and spend a greater amount of time developing our players at all levels (junior varsity, 9th, middle school), and the soccer staff coaches. I appreciate Brother Martin giving me the opportunity to further develop and lead what I believe is the premier high school soccer program in the state," Smothermon said.

A native of Scotland, McAnespie has been Assistant Varsity Coach for the past six years. The Louisiana Soccer Association selected McAnespie as Coach of the Year for 2012. A graduate of Grange Academy in Scotland, McAnespie's soccer career includes nine years with Aberdeen of the Scottish Premier League, four years with Fulham Football Club, four years with Bolton Wanderers Football Club and one year with Djurgärden (Swedish Premier League). He also was a member of the under-16 Scotland National Team.