High School Sports

Irmo High fires boys soccer coach

Second-year Irmo boys soccer coach Matt Brophy has been fired.

Irmo junior varsity coach Stephen Duerr will continue to serve as interim head coach of the Yellow Jackets’ 9-0-2 team.

Brophy was fired on Wednesday, weeks after being placed on administrative leave because of a violation of district and state student transportation policies. Brophy, who arrived from Byrnes to succeed longtime coach Phil Savitz last season, remains employed at the high school.

In a statement released by the Lexington-Richland School District 5, Irmo athletics director Reggie Kennedy said, “The Irmo High School soccer program is in great shape. While it is unfortunate that we have had a head coaching change mid-season, the program is solid and the players are doing very well.

“I have confidence in Coach Duerr and know that the team will continue to excel under his leadership,” Kennedy said. “A decision on a permanent coach has not been made. But, we will do all we can to ensure the legacy of excellence in soccer continues at Irmo High School.”

The Yellow Jackets have won four games since Duerr was installed as interim coach. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 2 in the S.C. High School Soccer Coaches Association poll.