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When Carlos Rul-Lan stepped down as the Shelby County boys' soccer head coach last school year, B.J. Andriot knew he wanted the job.
"Being a Shelby County grad I've always wanted to have this job," he said. "It's been my vision. I have two sons coming up, and it was perfect timing, really. So I applied right away."
Andriot comes in with a wealth of experience, having played at Shelby County and the University of Louisville. And he coached Cornerstone Christian Academy to a state KCAA title two years ago.
"I'm really a student of the game, I think about it constantly -- it drives my wife nuts," he said. "But my goal is to create this new mentality about the game in Shelbyville. When teams play us, I want them to leave thinking 'Wow, that's a good team,' not just they have some talent. There's a lot of talent on this team, and right now we're just working as a team and getting fit to play."
Andriot had the team working two-a-day practices starting last month, and they've recently dropped back down to just one practice a day, but he said it's paying off.
"I want to give them every opportunity to succeed and work hard," he said. "We played in the Bluegrass State Games last weekend, and the guys were tremendous, both varsity and JV. I think we have a great chance to be a very good team this year."
Andriot, being a student of the game, is always looking to get a jump on the competition.
One area of change he's made has been with conditioning work.
"We almost always do our running with a ball," he said. "A lot of coaches will just run, run, run, but this helps the kids that maybe aren't as technically sound, and the kids that are very good technically get better. That's one of the new things going around, we're seeing the Dutch use that and it's starting to show up in U.S. National training. We're also doing a lot of small-sided games. If guys are going hard in 2-2 or 1-1 games, they're going to be tired. That's something I've been stressing. If the guys are working hard in the drills and really going at it, we won't run. But if they're kind of just going through motions and not really working, we'll run at the end of practice."
As a first-year head coach in the KHSAA, Andriot isn't just dipping his toe in the pool. Instead the Rockets' have beefed up the early part of the schedule, with scrimmages against Trinity and Lexington Catholic and a season-opening game against St. Xavier.
"We're going to play a good schedule because I think these guys are ready for it," he said. "I guess we'll find out where we stand pretty early on."