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New TRM coach: All athletics important

T.R. Miller’s new head coach Keith Etheredge said Monday that he plans to see all athletics at the high school become successful.

Etheredge and family were introduced to the TRM family at a welcome reception Monday afternoon.

TRM Principal Ron Snell said that it was a honor and privilege for him to introduce Etheredge to the city of Brewton and the TRM family.

Snell said that Etheredge spent a decade at Leeds High School, where he complied a 107-34 record and a 33-8 record in the playoffs.

He also had seven, 10-win seasons and played in five state championships, where his teams  won four of those.

“He knows how to get to the big game and how to win the big game,” Snell said.

Snell said that Etheredge could produce a program that competes year-in-and-year-out.

Most importantly, Snell said the lessons athletes learn from coaches in the locker rooms.

“That was at the forefront of our decision,” he said. “What is the impact he will have on our kids?”

Snell said that Etheredge received tremendous reviews during the hiring process.

“What I consistently got was that he loves his kids and they love him. They play hard for him, and he invests time in them personally,” Snell said.

Etheredge said the process was almost flawless.

“I was completely content at Pell City,” he said. “But Proverbs 16:9, ‘A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

Etheredge said he understands the traditions at TRM.

“When I started coaching in Leeds, they had won seven games in four years, and we made it to at least the third round every year I was there,” he said.

Etheredge said he told them he wanted a program like TRM, then.

“The community pulled together,” he said. “And we won in every major sport. We will not put one sport in front. Every one will be important as long as I’m TRM’s athletic director.”

Etheredge said that every kid has a niche and it’s coaches’ responsibilities to find it.

Etheredge said that TRM is going to be the mecca of 3A and 4A ball again.

“I’m here to help in anyway possible,” he said. “I will be in the concession stand or cutting grass. I have an old school mentality. I was raised by my mom who raised three boys by herself.”

Etheredge said it’s his dream to be at TRM, and that he wants to make it better than ever.

“I know it’s hard to improve on 15-0,” he said. “I truly love winning, but I want to build young men and young women.”

Etheredge plans to talk to his coaching staff and decide when the best time to hold spring training is

He is married to Allison and they have two children, Camden, 14, and McKenzie, 10.

“We are so excited to be here,” he said.