Westminster announced Thursday that upper school principal and soccer coach Mike Freace will leave the school next summer.
Freace will be leaving in June 2018 to accept a call to full-time ministry with Missionary Athletes International in Charlotte, N.C. He will begin his new position July 1.
“I’ve been able to grow a lot here,” Freace said. “I’ve made a lot of friends and developed friendships with other coaches in the area that have impacted me.”
During his tenure at Westminster, Freace has served as physical education teacher, communications director, athletics director, director of student life, dean of student life, dean of students and, for the past two years, principal.
During that time, he has also served as Westminster’s boys and girls soccer coach. The boys have won seven state championships, including four in a row, while the girls have claimed two titles. He was named The Augusta Chronicle’s Boys Soccer Coach of the Year this past season.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with such awesome people here,” he said.
The boys won their fourth consecutive GISA title when they beat Frederica 3-1 on May 20 at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Freace has surpassed 400 career wins in 17 seasons at Westminster.
“We are truly grateful for Mike’s commitment and dedication to living out the mission of Westminster during his time here, both on and off the field,” Westminster head of school Brian Case said in a statement. “His love for this community shows through his confidence, his leadership, and his care while working with both students, their parents, and faculty.”
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