Ballard girls soccer team to continue season after coach dies in crash


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 12:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- The soccer season will continue, at least for one more game, for the Ballard High School girls varsity team after their head coach was killed in a early morning car crash on Dale Lane in Spencer County.

According to Kentucky State Police, Brian Walters was two miles from his home headed into work at Bullitt East High School when he over-corrected on a turn and crashed into a black truck.  His team at Ballard would find out a short time later.

“We called them out of class and got the counselors together and got them in their own room and broke the news to them,” said Chris Kinney, Athletic Director.

Walters is described as a family man and a coach who lived and breathed for the game.

“We would just get done practicing an hour and a half, an hour and 45 minutes, and on his way home he'd call me, ‘Frank do you think we covered what we needed to cover? Do you think we did what was necessary?’" said Frank Eovino, Assistant Coach.

The last team practice as Sunday before the first round of the regional tournament on Monday night. Ballard was scheduled to take on Sacred Heart, but the game was canceled after Walter’s death.

The team got together Monday night and decided they would play in the game now rescheduled for Tuesday night. They released this statement:

“Brian's passion and love for soccer was something deep and inspirational.  As a coach he continued to push us as players because he knew the potential that each of us has.  He cared not only for our development as players on the field, but also for the young adults he was shaping us to be in our everyday lives.  We have chosen, as a team, to play tomorrow for Brian Walters because we know that is what he would have wanted for us; to not give up.  We will go into the game tomorrow honoring Brian, keeping his wife and two young children in our prayers and remembering the words he once told us, "We're Ballard, we're better and we're going to win."

“I think it’s going to hit tomorrow when we show up for the game and he doesn't show up,” said Eovino.

Ballard will play Sacred Heart Tuesday night at 7 p.m.