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Southern Nash taps Batchelor as new head football coach

Posted on June 7, 2021

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Newly named Southern Nash High School varsity football coach Brian Batchelor talks to one of his Firebirds on the field. Batchelor takes the reins from longtime coach Brian Foster, who's led the team since 1998 and served as an assistant from 1990-97.

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Newly named Southern Nash High School varsity football coach Brian Batchelor talks to one of his Firebirds on the field. Batchelor takes the reins from longtime coach Brian Foster, who's led the team since 1998 and served as an assistant from 1990-97.

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Southern Nash High School has named Brian Batchelor as its new head varsity football coach.

Batchelor teaches social studies at the high school. He is also certified in physical education.

Batchelor will begin his coaching duties immediately and will transition into the physical education department at the beginning of the upcoming school year in August.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the next head football coach of Southern Nash High School,” Batchelor said. “Having been a fan, player and coach at Southern Nash since 1990, I am extremely excited to work with our players, staff and community in the coming season.”

Southern Nash Principal Hugh Scott said he’s looking forward to Batchelor leading the school’s football program.

“We were deliberate with our interview process because we wanted to hire the best candidate for our students at Southern Nash,” Scott said. “Coach Batchelor will bring 20 years of coaching experience, passion for the game and a competitive drive. Coach Batchelor has had an opportunity to establish relationships with his coaches and players, having coached them on both the offense and the defensive side of the ball. Coach Batchelor plans to continue the consistency in structure and excellence and values that his predecessor, Coach Brian Foster, has established before him.”

Foster is retiring after 31 years of service in Nash County Public Schools and 24 years of service as head coach of the Southern Nash High football team.

During his tenure, school officials say Foster spent countless hours with the football program and girls track and field. Foster is credited with transforming Southern Nash’s strength and conditioning program.

“Of the 52 graduating classes at Southern Nash High, Coach Foster has served as a coach for 31 one of them,” Scott said. “That’s outstanding. It is a bittersweet moment at Southern Nash to see the retirement of Coach Foster, who has served in the athletics program for over 50% of the school’s history. He is truly a legendary coach who leads by example and raised and trained others to do the same. I believe his inspirational words, strong work ethic and all-in attitude will continue to be the foundation our football program will continue to thrive on.”

Southern Nash athletic director Robbie Kennedy shared similar sentiments about Foster.

“We would like to congratulate Coach Foster on his retirement,” Kennedy said. “He embodies what all-in means. He is much more than just a football coach. He has touched so many lives In his time at Southern Nash. He was a mentor and a friend, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Kennedy said he’s had the privilege of coaching football with Batchelor for almost 20 years.

“He will continue the values and the all-in philosophy that Southern Nash embodies,” Kennedy said. “He has great ability to communicate with players and coaches. Also with Brian playing here, he understands the sense of community we have, and he embraces it. I have faith that he will keep a winning tradition both on and off the field.”

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