• Brownsburg Bulldogs celebrate 30 years of soccer

    August 31, 2011 No comments

    Brownsburg celebrated 30 years of soccer Tuesday night before its match with Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Hamilton Southeastern.

    The Bulldogs honored four of their past five coaches – Todd Frost (2007-present), Chad Medcalf (2000-06), Bob Freije (1986-1990), Sean Griffith (1991-1999) and Steve Bennett (1982-1985).

    Bennett is credited with bringing soccer to Brownsburg in the 1980-81 school year. Bennett was an Indiana University graduate and a first-year teacher at the time and formed a soccer club with 10-15 athletes that attended.

    The program covered rules and some basic history of the game.

    In 1982, Brownsburg played with several other similar clubs in the area and were not funded by the high school.

    Brownsburg went 3-6-1 in its inaugural year.

    Following that season Bennett, along with some parents, worked to get soccer added as a varsity sport and to that end they saw the sport added to the varsity list in the fall of 1983.

    North Central was the only other local school to also have soccer as a varsity sport.

    Following a final club season in the spring of that year, the Bulldogs officially started its soccer program.

    In its inaugural game as a varsity sport, the Bulldogs won 4-0 over a team from Terre Haute and finished with a 13-2 record. Brownsburg participated in an independent state tournament and fell to eventual champion North Central in the Sweet 16 round of play.

    By the end of 1985 the Bulldogs had nearly 40 players on its roster and varsity and junior varsity teams playing competitively.

    Bennett still is associated with the program today, announcing all of the Bulldogs’ home games while volunteering with the girls’ program and Bulldogs coach Phil Slavens.

    Since the inception of Bennett’s initial vision, the Brownsburg soccer program has 14 sectional titles, five regional championships, one semi-state victory and a state finals appearance under its belt.

    For more details, check out today’s Hendricks County Flyer.

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