Brookland-Cayce has filled its soccer vacancies.
Newberry College assistant Matt Drapeau will be the Bearcats’ boys’ soccer coach, while former Ben Lippen coach George Knox will lead the girls’ program.
Drapeau and Knox take over for Kevin and Emily Heise, who became the coaches at Gray Collegiate earlier this month. An official announcement of the hirings is expected next week.
Drapeau spent the past two years as the Wolves’ assistant coach. Before that, he was an assistant at his alma mater, Warner Robins High School, in Georgia and then at South Florence High School.
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Drapeau also has coached various club teams. He played in college at Francis Marion and was part of the Patriots’ 2008 team that won the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships.
Knox, a Columbia native, was JV and later girls’ varsity coach with his wife Wendy at Ben Lippen. He was an assistant at Richland Northeast the past two years and worked with goalkeepers.
Knox played soccer and baseball at Warner University in Florida.
B-C has been one of the top boys and girls programs in the state in the past two decades. The Bearcat girls won the region title and lost to Indian Land in the Class 3A championship game last season.
B-C’s boys’ team won the Region 5-3A title and made it to the third round of the playoffs before losing to Bluffton. The Bearcats won 15 region titles and three lower state titles under Kevin Heise.
Robby Setzler coached the boys’ team this year after Kevin Heise was placed on administrative leave Feb. 10 and later resigned in April.