Liberty, Heritage coaching updates

Brentwood lacks a varsity football coach these days after a rough 2012 season, in which Liberty and Heritage had a combined 5-16 overall record.

After the season, Lions coach Nate Smith and Patriots coach Jeff Haagenson stepped down.

Heritage, which had a successful seven-year run under Haagenson, including going 9-3 in 2010, is expected to name its new coach next week, if the top candidate is approved by the Liberty Union school board on Jan. 16. 

Liberty hasn’t officially posted its job opening for a new coach. Smith, who coached the Lions for six seasons, was 2-8 overall and 0-5 in the BVAL in 2012, including a 35-0 loss against Heritage and a 41-0 loss to Freedom in the Bell Game.

Still a big promoter of Liberty sports, Smith said on Wednesday that he will miss many aspects of running a program, such as game preparation, player-to-coach relationships, administrative duties, and, of course, Friday night lights.

“Even right now I kind of miss excitement of getting ready for next season,” Smith said. “Everyone renews their enthusiasm over the Christmas break.”

Smith leaves the football program with his head held high. The Lions junior varsity team finished 8-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the BVAL last season under coach Paul DeMarco,which could portend better days for the varsity.

The Patriots varsity squad was 3-8 overall and 3-2 in the BVAL last season.

Matt Schwab