There's a new regime for the girls soccer team at Great Falls High School, but their head coach is not an unfamiliar face.
T.J. IronBear moved from a spot on the hardwood to the soccer field in order to help the Bison improve on last year's disappointing season. IronBear is fortunate to have a few senior leaders on his team who will be responsible for implementing a winning culture. Both IronBear and his players understand getting everyone on the same page will be a major challenge, among other difficulties.
"Turning around a program, I think that's going to be the hardest thing. That's my job and I know that's why they hired me. That's what these girls know and I think we'll accomplish all that," said IronBear.
Senior defender Marissa Wilhelm echoed her coach, and also added the change in culture will take some time, but she's not alone if her teammates are on board.
"Getting used to a new atmosphere, and practice, and just keep working hard [at practice] and relying on each other," she said.
The girls start their season August 27 against Hellgate.