by Jamie Harris
The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Football program will have a new head coach in place to start the 2018 season.
Morgan County resident and 1987 Berkeley Springs High School graduate Chip Breeden is returning home to take over the reins of the Tribe. Breeden will be replacing Matt Puffenberger who resigned near the end of the school year to take an assistant coaching position at Frostburg State University.
Puffenberger was the Indians head coach since 2013 and compiled a career record of 15-35 with his best season coming last fall (2017) when the Indians went 6-4 and shattered school records on the offensive end.
Breeden a Berkeley Springs High School graduate who participated in football, wrestling and track and field returns to his alma mater with 15 years of coaching experience as an assistant at Berkeley Springs and Hedgesville.
Coach Breeden and his wife Danielle (a BSHS 1993 graduate) have been married for 23 years and have three children. Christopher Breeden and his wife Sarah Breeden and two grandsons Skyler and Jacobi; son Jonathan Breeden and daughter Adrianna Breeden.
The Breeden family is looking forward to the move back to Berkeley Springs and the next chapter in Indians football.
Breeden stated that during his coaching career he has had the opportunity to learn from some good men who served as both head coaches and assistant coaches in football. At Berkeley Springs Breeden coached under Gene Brock and Randy Unger. At Hedgesville Breeden coached under David Lopez, Rich Thomaselli, Aaron Fiddler and Joey Yurish.
“The expectations that I have start with building a program and changing a culture here at Berkeley Springs High School. It is our goal to develop a program that young men want to be a part of. These young men will want to embrace the process of working hard. Embrace the idea of being a team and working together. Embracing the process of getting better on and off the field. We are going to teach a discipline and accountability to our young men. All these things are going to help prepare our young men for life after high school. Building a program of good men both coaches and players. We want to develop men of character, which will lead to those men being good sons, students, boyfriends, workers and later on husbands and fathers,” stated Coach Breeden.
Breeden is still working on getting a coaching staff together before the Indians hold their first initial practice later in July. Breeden will also have to replace 14 seniors who contributed to almost all of the Indians success last season.
The Tribe and the new head coach will kick off the 2018 season on August 24 when the Indians host the Petersburg Vikings at 7 p.m.
by Jamie Harris