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Hopkinsville concluded the 2020 season with just a 3-8 record. After Patrick Bueno stepped down as the coach of the Tigers, former Christian County Colonel Aaron Hutchison answered the call and was announced as the new boys soccer coach on Wednesday morning.

After the Patrick Bueno era in Hoptown ended following just one year, the Tigers have found their next head boys soccer coach.

The high school announced Wednesday that Christian County grad Aaron Hutchison would take the helm of the program for the fall of 2021 and beyond.

Hutchison’s ties to the program, specifically former head coach Tyler Stallons, led to him going for and ultimately winning the position.

“I just happened to see the job opening on Facebook,” Hutchison said. “I just went online and filled out my application. I was drawn to the program just from the history of it. It’s definitely the premier program in the area right now. I’m fortunate enough to know Tyler Stallons, who had a big part in bringing them to the level they’re at now. It really fits well with my coaching style with the way they spread the ball out.”

Hutchison has a strong bond with Stallons and credits learning more about soccer to him.

“Tyler is basically my brother,” Hutchison said. “My father and Tyler’s mother were brother and sister. … My soccer skills came from battling Tyler in the yard. He’s a role model to me and I’m fortunate to be able to have that guy around all the time.”

After graduating from County, Hutchison took his talents on the soccer pitch to Union College.

Now back in the city to coach the Tigers, he’s ready to return them to the top.

“It was a little bit of a down year last year,” he said. “A lot of it I think had to do with COVID. They didn’t get the chance to win a lot of games or be able to build chemistry. I think that’s a big thing. I want to come in and establish chemistry right away and really work on the technical side of things.”

Hoptown finished just 3-8 last season. Just a few years removed from a trip to the state final four, Hutchison’s goal is to return the Tigers back to that perch at the top of the Eighth District and Second Region.

He is prepared to implement his style and return the program back to where he believes it should be.

“I like a very wide style of play,” he said. “I like to play a 3-5-2 style. What that does is it makes the wings play way out to get into position and it gets the ball out wide and works it back to the center for us to get some shots.”

Another step in getting back to the top for Hutchison is setting his expectations high. He said there is one word he expects from his team each time they step on the pitch. Excellence.

“If you don’t require it, it’s not taken,” Hutchison said. “You’ve just got to expect it of the players. I know they can’t be perfect and I can’t expect them to be. I know they’re rebuilding but I do think that they have the ability to get back to where we were.”

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