Brandon Price

Brandon Price

HELENA — Helena Capital High will bring back Brandon Price to lead the girls soccer team headed into the 2019-2020 season.

Capital announced the hiring of Price, a move still pending approval by the Helena School District School Board, through an e-mail Monday.

Price, a former Bruins assistant soccer coach from 2005-15 during the Rick Thompson era, left Capital to start his own businesses.

Activities director Tim McMahon said he felt hiring someone with Price's qualifications will enhance the direction of the girls soccer program.

"(Price) has a lot of enthusiasm for the game of soccer, and he has a good knowledge of the game," McMahon said. "He has a good understanding of (coaching) kids, and overall is a strong candidate (to coach at Capital)."

McMahon says he has the same expectation for all of his new hires on what he hopes they bring to the program.

"There is always the same goal, whether it is in band or basketball, and it doesn't matter (the activity) my goals are the same," McMahon said. "I want to develop student-athletes skill-level at whatever sport or activity, I hope every kid has the same experience, and say 'that was fun, I would do that again,' and enjoy what they are doing. I hope (Price) inspires young people to show up, and work hard while they are a member of a team, and work together."

Price expressed his optimism about taking over the program for the first time as the primary coach.

"I learned a lot about the tradition, and the overall success the girls Capital High School program (has experienced throughout the years)," Price said. "I am honored to be able to take it over, and keep it going."

Price said he optimistic about starting cultivating and building on that tradition.

"The biggest pieces to me is that I have to get myself into the middle school, and high school, and surround myself with a team that matches the Capital High School tradition, which is a part of the team I want to maintain," Price said.

Price said he aspires to put his stamp on the program immediately.

"I want to add flair, a sense of humor and work ethic, and I would like to bring that back to soccer, and want to bring that to myself to see how the team performs," Price said. "I want to start (by) using the Capital High tradition we've always had, and see how things play out. We have to work hard, run hard, play hard, and see what happens moving forward."

Jason Blasco is the lead prep sports reporter for the Helena Indepedent-Record and a sports reporter for the 406mtsports.com network.

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