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Durbin named OCHS soccer coach

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By Mickey Patterson

 BUCKNER – The Oldham County High School boys’ soccer program is keeping leadership in the family.

Long-time assistant coach Brian Durbin has been selected by the OCHS administration to replace Mark Robson as head soccer coach. “I am looking forward to it,” Durbin said. “It’s a great chance for me to work with a great program.” Durbin had a hand in producing the strong OCHS program over the past five seasons as the JV coach including last year’s 14-2 record with the JV team. He will replaced Robson who took the Colonels to eight regional titles and seven district titles in his nine years as coach compiling a 137-48-11 record. Robson’s teams never posted a losing record and last year’s team went 20-5-1 before falling to eventual state champion St. Xavier in the second round of the state tournament. “OCHS boys’ soccer is embarking on an exciting new journey,” Robson said. “Coach Durbin brings his enthusiasm and passion on board with knowledge of the program. Brian has demonstrated his willingness to continue to learn about the game and the players will benefit from his diligence in this area. I have full confidence in his abilities and look forward to his transition to head coach.” Durbin, a Pewee Valley resident, teaches health at North Oldham Middle School and will likely stay in his teaching position next year. He taught five years at Henry County Middle School and came to the OCHS program after working with Robson with the Oldham County Thoroughbreds. A Lexington native, he was a soccer player at Lafayette High School before graduating from the University of Kentucky. Durbin steps into a hot seat at OCHS, not only by replacing the school’s most successful soccer coach, but also taking a team in one of the state’s most competitive districts including county rivals South Oldham, North Oldham and Shelby County. OCHS assistant coaches Daniel Viehmann and Grant Klass are going to stay with the program, adding to the continuity Durbin will bring. “I do have some big shoes to fill. We have players like Kyle Krauss, Chase Bryant and Bryant Worthington back with experience,” Durbin said. “We also have a lot of guys back who came in off the bench and got some good minutes who have talent. I am looking forward to this. Mark has prepared me well for what is ahead.”   E-mail us about this story at: sports@oldhamera.com