Derek Ragle takes over for former Redskins Coach Jim Dagostine after serving as the head coach for the George Washington girls last season. Prior to that Ragle, a 2003 Hurricane graduate who played for the Redskins, was an assistant under Dagostine.
"It's going to be pretty cool," Ragle said. "(George Washington) was a great community, it just wasn't home. Hurricane is home. I've lived here pretty much my whole life. It's just good to be back and working with kids in my home community."
The Redskins lost most of their starters from last season's state champions, but return players at a few key positions. Timmy Haslet and Brady Lawman return after splitting time at goalkeeper last season. Ragle also mentioned twins Warren and Avery Meadows as players that had some experience returning this season.
"We do have some players with experience but for the most part a large portion of our team has very little varsity experience," he said.
Like Chipollone at Catholic, Ragle said the weight of expectations for a team coming off a state title can be daunting at first.
"It does weigh on you," he said. "People joke around saying (Dagostine) won one last year so you have to do one better. Those boys have big shoes to fill and I feel like I have even bigger shoes to fill coming in for Coach Dagostine."
Ragle said he would keep with Hurricane's traditional defense-first system that has been used successfully by the Redskins during the last decade.
"I like to think I'm flexible and can change to my personnel, but when it comes down to it if you can't stop team from scoring you're not going to win a lot of matches," he said. "As long as we can keep teams from scoring we'll be OK."
Hurricane begins its title defense Saturday at home against Teays Valley Christian.