Anthony Brenner joins Carolina Day as the new varsity soccer coach for the boys soccer team. Brenner takes over for long-time CDS coach Pat Fidelia, who has decided to return to the private sector. Fidelia led the Wildcats to the 2014 NCISAA 2A Quarterfinals last year and directed a team that earned CAA conference championships two of the last three years.
“I am thrilled to take over a soccer program with such a rich tradition and high standard that Pat Fidelia has set in previous years,” said Brenner. “It is my intention to bring an holistic approach to team, player and future leader development through the implementation of proper nutrition, appropriate strength/yoga training, intensive film study, technology, community involvement, and high level training on the field. I am very thankful for this opportunity.”
Brenner, a former professional athlete in the Arena Football League, brings a wealth of experience to the sidelines for the Wildcats. As a high school soccer coach, Brenner earned conference soccer coach and district coach of the year honors while at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida. He was a runner up for Florida Coach of the Year in 2002.
“For decades, Anthony has grown, directed, and strengthened programs,” said Steve Henry, Director of Athletics at Carolina Day. “He is process oriented and we look forward to Anthony’s presence on the sidelines. We expect Anthony to contribute to the CDS community in a number of ways other than providing excellence on the soccer field.”
Brenner, his wife Jennifer, and two daughters Bailey and Avery, are active in a number of Asheville community organizations, but none more so than the Canary’s Nest. Founded by Brenner and his wife, Canary’s Nest works to provide support for families with autistic children, and ultimately hopes to fund the construction of a world-class facility for families and their children as they navigate this challenging landscape. Brenner, named the 2005 Phoenix Sports Humanitarian Athlete of the Year, understands the challenges families face when a child is diagnosed with autism. Anthony’s oldest daughter, Bailey is autistic.