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Cottonwood girls soccer rehires two brothers who brought the boys some success

Jul 07, 2023 10:57AM ● By Brian Shaw

Brylee Harvest, seen here coaching the boys team, will assist his brother Bryce in coaching the girls team. (City Journals)

After having gone through two head coaches and a 2-29 win-loss record over the past two years, something needed to be done to help the girls soccer program, said Cottonwood High Athletic Director Greg Southwick. 

So he and his staff drew up the same game plan that worked for the boys soccer program and rehired the brother tandem of Bryce and Brylee Harvest to bring the girls along. 

“They’ve kind of turned the boys soccer program around,” said Southwick of his decision to appoint the Harvest brothers. “And we’re hoping they’ll be able to do the same for the girls.”

In this particular case, however, the roles will reverse and Bryce will be the head coach for the girls varsity—while his brother Brylee will serve as the team’s assistant and JV head coach. 

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity and the support from the community and our school for having the trust and faith in me (and my brother who's the boys coach) to run this program,” said Bryce Harvest. “We're looking forward to applying constant change to this program for the better.”

Bryce has coached at Utah club LaRoca for several years following his graduation from Cottonwood in 2019, and like his brother, brings both playing and coaching experience to the Colts girls, who enter the 2023-24 school year as a new member of Class 4A in a brand new region. 

“I think it's going to be a difficult switch for the girls in terms of the program being a little bit more professional but from what we've seen so far, the girls are responding to the message we're sending,” said Bryce. “I think this team is going to be very competitive in this upcoming season as we fight in 4A.” 

Before league play gets underway though, the Colts will play several preseason matches to tune up for what should be a competitive region. 

That Region 10, or league, will include the likes of Stansbury and Tooele, Jordan and Park City, and rivals Murray and Hillcrest who the Colts will play home and away this fall. 

To date, Southwick has had to make some crucial decisions. As a head coach for both the boys and girls golf teams at Cottonwood, the AD has now hired a football coach, two volleyball coaches, the boys and girls basketball coaches and two softball coaches. λ