Damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew left the UNCP football without a practice or game field for a week. It took days for the flood waters to be absorbed or to evaporate, but by that time players were staying in an out-of-county hotel and living off of fast food. Undaunted, staff in the program found workarounds, even though they themselves had trouble getting to work. It may be cliche say it took a team effort, but Coach Richardson praised that initiative and was grateful for assistance.
A new head coach for men’s soccer has already been announced, to replace Phil Hindson, who left for Winthrop University. John Miglarese was head coach at King College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He’s the eighth head coach in the history of the Braves program. He has logged six all-conference selections and a pair of team academic awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Miglarese has 16 years of coaching experience, including a side job right now, coaching a minor league team in West Virginia. Starting in the fall the Braves will look for their first winning season in four years.