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Brashears named to lead Goretti's new era

April 11, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Chad Brashears will become a father for the first time in June and he'll celebrate his 26th birthday in July.

As a prelude to those summertime landmarks, Brashears was given the job of parenting the St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team. Brashears was appointed the Gaels' new coach on Thursday, replacing Cokey Robertson, who retired at the end of last season.

"It's going to be exciting and quite a summer," said Brashears.

Brashears has bled blue and gold his entire life, starting as a youngster and growing into an athlete who played basketball, baseball and soccer at Goretti until he graduated in 2000.

"I know what it is like growing up wearing the Goretti blue and gold with pride," said Brashears. "I've always had it on my chest representing the school and always will."

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Brashears succeeds Robertson, who retired after 34 years with 698 victories at Goretti and 780 overall wins in a 40-year prep career.

Brashears realizes he has huge shoes to fill in the post-Robertson era.

"I've been on the bench learning from (Robertson) and I feel I've gained five years of experience that is worth a lot," Brashears said. "You learn managing a clock and handling certain game situations from (Robertson) and that will be invaluable. He started with fundamentals and defense. He laid the tracks for the train and now it will be my job to keep the train on the tracks."

Brashears attended Shenandoah University after graduation and received a degree in sports administration in 2004. He immediately returned home to become Goretti's freshman coach for three years and a varsity assistant.

Brashears plans on sitting down with the returning players early next week to organize Goretti's summer basketball program. He'll also have to assemble a staff of assistants.

It's likely Goretti will remain in the Baltimore Catholic League for at least the 2008-09 season, another reason to resume activities quickly.

"In the Goretti setting, the pressure on me will be to win games," he said. "We're a school known mainly for basketball. I know the kids well and have had the chance to work with them. I'll be worried about getting Ws."

School President Bill McKinley said five candidates for the job were presented to the selection committee.

"Chad has been involved with the BCL his entire life ... grown up with Goretti as a child, teen and as a young man," said McKinley. "He is familiar with the competition and I think that will be an advantage for him."

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