Written by: Michael Cabry on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
West Chester Henderson has elevated Bob Brice to Head Football Coach, becoming the third new Head Coach in the last four years. Brice is no stranger to the Henderson program or the West Chester community, he has previously served as Offensive Coordinator at Henderson, OC at WC Rustin, he played and coached at WC East, more importantly down to his bones Brice is a West Chester guy. Brice grew up in the West Chester community, playing youth football at WC LAFA, then played Quarterback at WC East, the Brice family name is known throughout the WC community, particularly on the athletic fields. Brice is a teacher at Henderson, his goal has always been to be an educator and a coach in the WC community. “Coaching at Henderson last year was the first time I felt at home as a coach,” he recently told me. Brice said, “The tradition and sense of community is tangible, you can feel the roots.” During his first team meeting Brice took his players to see the 1906 championship banner that hangs in Henderson. He wants to instill in his players the traditions and history of Henderson back into the program.
It’s been a difficult couple of years at Henderson, dealing with COVID and the lack of continuity in the coaching staff. Brice’s goal is to get his players and the community to believe in the program, culture and system his staff is building. A program that will be based on playing hard, being a team that works as a unit and trusting in the program. Brice’s philosophy can be summed up in his belief that, “How can you use football to be the best individual you can be, the best son, the best husband.” Brice has been active in the WC community, since being named head coach he’s reached out to community members as well as the coaching staffs at Stetson Middle School and Saint Agnes, the local CYO team.
Brice has previous head coaching experience as the head coach at Chichester HS. He has been able to gather a strong coaching staff, retaining former head coach and fellow Henderson educator John Lunardi as safeties coach. Having the experience of being a head coach, while retaining Lunardi as a coach, has allowed him to hit the ground running in being able to manage his players and work with the community and administration. Brice has brought in a long time coach, much respected defensive coordinator Harry O’Neil to run the defense. Lunardi and O’Neil both have extensive coaching experience at Rustin and Unionville, who have been the lead dogs in the ChesMont American division since its inception. Brice has also been able to retain some of the previous staff, while adding in some new blood.
Henderson has opted to play a 9 game schedule which will allow Brice to hold an extra week of two-a-days and a second scrimmage. He believes the added practice time will be beneficial to the season, by being able to take more time to install the new offensive and defensive systems. Brice wants the players and community, to build their belief in the program and the system, he believes once the players and community buy in, the passion and the wanted outcomes will follow.
Bob Brice is an impressive young coach and an even more impressive man, his believe in community, passion and hard work will serve the West Chester community well. When I asked him how the first couple of weeks were going he said, “I’m living the dream, being an educator and coach in my home town.” His goals for the program are not short term or shallow, when asked what his goals are he told me, “I want players to come back with kids in both arms and tell me how the program positively affected their lives.”
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