Over the summer, Bradley Central was presented the task of finding a new head coach for its boys’ soccer team.
Athletic Director Turner Jackson did not have to look far, as Bears’ assistant coach Miguel Armenta was more than willing to take over as head coach.
“We’re tickled that somebody like Miguel is wanting to take the job. He was a great soccer player for us and a kicker on the football team. I’m just excited that we already had someone in the program who could take over,” Jackson commented.
After finishing out the 2014 season in the District 5-AAA Quarterfinals and posting a record of 8-5-3, former coach Tucker Blackmon announced he would be taking a job in Towns County, Ga.
According to Bradley’s AD, Blackmon’s influence on Armenta should help make his transition to head coach go well.
“We hated to lose Tucker, but we’re proud of the opportunity that he got in Georgia. He did a great job with us, was energetic and very organized,” Jackson stated. “Miguel is a good fellow and I think he’s excited about the opportunity. Tucker was a mentor for him and he’s happy to take over. I think he will be able to handle the duties as head coach.”
The new head coach echoed those same sentiments.
“I’m coming in to fill some big shoes. He was an awesome coach and I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m going to build on more of what he already did for the program,”
Armenta was a Bradley student athlete from 2000-04, but an ACL injury limited his playing time to just two full seasons with the soccer and football teams.
With deep ties to the Black-and-Gold, Armenta wants to continue instilling a deep sense of pride in his players.
“I played for Bradley a little over 10 years ago and soccer meant so much to me,” Armenta explained. “I want the players to have pride and not just when they have a good team. I don’t want them to ever put their heads down. When I played, we didn’t have a good team, but in 2004 we still had fun — we didn’t quit and played hard. I want that kind of team now.”