For the third time in 35 years, Irmo has a new boys soccer coach.
That sounds like incredible stability until you realize it’s the second time the team has had a new coach in the past two years. Taking over for legendary coach Phil Savitz — he of the 33 years, 600-plus career wins and state-record 16 championships at the school before moving to River Bluff — Brophy was hired in 2013 but fired earlier this year from his coaching duties for a “violation of state and district student transportation policies.”
Duerr, the then-JV coach, took over as varsity coach and was named today as the new permanent head coach. Duerr guided the Yellow Jackets to a 26-4 record last season before losing 3-2 to Wando in the Lower State semifinals.
“Coach Duerr is an outstanding young man that possesses great coaching and leadership skills,” said Reggie Kennedy, Irmo athletic director.
“He has proven himself to be a great leader of our boys soccer program for the past three seasons. Irmo High School has a long tradition of excellence in soccer and other sports, and I am very excited about what he brings to our athletic program.”
The Duerr File:
Ted Gillen Soccer Camp (2008-2011), Toms River, NJ
Soccer Specific Training (2010), Wall, NJ
University of South Carolina Men’s Club Soccer (2009-2012), Columbia, SC
South Carolina United FC (2013 – Present), Columbia, SC
Irmo High School JV Assistant, (2013-2014)
Irmo High School JV Head Coach, (2015)
Irmo High School Interim Varsity Head Coach (2015)