New Hope-Solebury appoint Brandon Garrett as new head football coach.

He is well aware of the challenges and has a game plan to overcome them.

“We know it won’t be easy, we have to turn the numbers up and show that we can pull it off,” said Brandon Garrett, who was recently named head coach of New Hope-Solebury.

“It will take time, but we’re going to do it. I’m very excited to take over, and couldn’t say yes fast enough when I was offered the job. The whole community is great and speaking with the administration and the sporting director, it couldn’t have gone better.”

Garrett replaces Mike Pacitti, who only spent one season as head coach. Last fall, the Lions went 1-7 with the lone win over New Church Academy.

Garrett, who graduated from Pennsbury in 2013 where he distinguished himself in two sports (baseball, football), knows of the low number of registered players and the lackluster years, but is intrigued by the opportunity to turn the tide.

“I’ve been an assistant football coach at Council Rock North for the past two years and a baseball pitching coach for Pennsbury since 2018, and I’ve always wanted to be a head football coach,” Garrett said.

“It’s a chance to put my fingerprints on something and help the program.”

The Lions, who now play on a grass pitch, will have a new schedule this fall as, due to low numbers, they applied for and were granted a two-year exemption from the Suburban One League after last season which will allow them to play an independent schedule in 2022 and 2023. The Lions are also moving from Class 3A to Class 2A due, again, to declining registration numbers.

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New Hope-Solebury, who had their last winning season in 2018, currently have seven games on their 2022 schedule and will likely be looking for a few more.

“I knew we were downsizing our schedule from last year, and that’s going to help us,” Garrett said. “We don’t have college football, and that hurts us, but we have a community league, and our numbers are pretty good.

“Right now we constantly have 30 guys lifting three days a week and that doesn’t include some guys who run the track and play baseball. Last year they couldn’t play a few games because of the low numbers and were struggling with 21, 22 guys. We are working hard to increase the numbers.”

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The Lions open their season in late August against longtime foe South Hunterdon (NJ).

“We are delighted with the program and to have Brandon as our new head football coach,” said New Hope-Solebury Sporting Director Kris Foulke. “He brings a lot of passion and excitement and with his experience as an assistant manager, we felt he was ready to take charge of his own team.

“We look forward to Brandon leading the program into a new era of New Hope-Solebury Lions football.”

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