Brother Martin High School Athletic Director Scott Williams announced coaching changes within the soccer program for the 2013-14 season. Head Coach Louie Smothermon will remain with the program as Program Director and Assistant Varsity Coach Stephen McAnespie has been named the Crusader’s new Head Soccer Coach. Scott Williams explained the change, “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.”
Louie Smothermon has been the Crusader’s head coach for seven seasons. During his tenure, Brother Martin soccer was Co-District Champions in 2012 and again in 2013 and reached the semi-finals three times during 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 and the Lander University Athlete of the Year in 1991. Coach 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 holds a United States Soccer Federation A License.
Louie Smothermon, “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.”
Coach McAnespie has been Assistant Varsity Coach for 6 years. The Louisiana Soccer Association selected Coach McAnespie Coach of the Year for 2012. A graduate of Grange Academy in Scotland, Coach McAnespie’s soccer career includes 9 years with the Pro-Aberdeen Football Conference (Scottish Premier League), 4 years with the Fulham Football Conference (English Premier League), 4 years with the Bolton Wanderers Football Conference (English Premier League), 1 year with the Djurgärden (Swedish Premier League), and the Scotland National Team.
Stephen McAnespie, “I’m excited about the new challenge ahead for me. It is important that Coach Louie stay at the school because his influence on the kids has been so important and will continue to be. Our coaching relationship has allowed us to be successful and this continuity will be important for the kids. I will be striving hard to continue what we have done for the last 6 years; teaching the young men good values, emphasizing a strong work ethic, and winning soccer games along the way. I look forward to working with everyone at Brother Martin that makes the soccer program one of the best in the region.”