Helmerson steps down as NL football coach
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON — The New London football team will be under new management in 2017.
Head coach Brad Helmerson stepped down from the top position last week, leaving the spot open for a new coach next year.
Helmerson, who is also the New London fire chief, says he just didn’t have the time to coach two sports and keep up a non-school related job. He is currently the head coach of the Tiger baseball team.
“It was a long, hard decision,” Helmerson said in an interview Friday. “After the season was over, I thought it was the right thing to do and I had a hard time actually doing it.”
The Tigers went 6-3 overall last season and 5-2 in district play. They were one game away from a playoff spot but suffered two close losses in their last three games.
“I don’t think anyone is happy with the way the season ended this year,” Helmerson said. “I think that left a little taste in some of them to dig a little deeper and try to get to that next level.”
Helmerson has been with the program since 2002, when New London was still playing with Danville. He took over the head coaching job in 2013, giving him four seasons as the head coach.
Although the position will be opened up to the public, Helmerson gave a glowing endorsement of a couple of potential picks.
“There are a couple of very qualified guys there in Aaron Young and Ridge Hobbs,” Helmerson said. “They both played college ball. They are fully capable of taking over the program and have some energy.”
Although he won’t be the football head coach, Helmerson says he will still be coaching baseball for the school and that he will likely still be doing something for the football team.
“I’ll still be a part of it,” Helmerson said. “If nothing else but taking care of the new football field.”