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Weaver takes over D-B girls soccer program

By Douglas Fritz • Jun 11, 2019 at 9:00 PM

KINGSPORT — After eight years as an assistant, Tony Weaver got his chance at the top spot Tuesday.

Weaver was chosen as the new girls soccer coach at Dobyns-Bennett. He replaces Blake Rutherford, who stepped down last October after serving as head coach of both the Tribe boys and girls programs since 2013.

“I’m thrilled to death to be at Dobyns-Bennett,” Weaver said. “I’m an alumni, and it’s great to coach at your alma mater.”

Weaver said his long tenure as an assistant prepared him for this step.

“It helped tremendously,” he said. “I learned from all of the previous head coaches. They were all big influences on me.”

Weaver said he views himself as a defensive-minded coach. And he said effort should not be a problem for the Lady Indians.

“Good defense promotes good offense,” he said. “I think we’re always going to try our best. We’re going to give everything we’ve got every time we step on the field.”

Weaver, who is also an assistant coach for the boys’ team, played at D-B. He was on the 1984-85 state championship teams and later played club-team college soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan.

A social studies teacher at John Sevier Middle School, Weaver said he loves Kingsport City Schools.

“And I love D-B,” he said.

Tom LaGuardia, who also graduated from D-B, was named coach of the Tribe boys team in January.

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