Westminster Names New Coach for Boys Soccer
AUGUSTA, GA: After 17 years, eight state championships, and 22 region championships, Mike Freace will step down as head coach for the boys varsity soccer team at Westminster Schools of Augusta after the 2018 spring season. Sean McLarnon has been named to replace him as head varsity coach for the 2019 season.
McLarnon is not new to Westminster or the Augusta community. He teaches AP Biology at Westminster’s Upper School and has worked alongside Freace both as assistant coach at Westminster for the past four years and as a club coach at Augusta Arsenal for six years. He is also a member of First Baptist Church in Thomson.
McClarnon played college soccer for University of South Carolina, Aiken, and was a Region 3 Premier League club player with Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club. He has a B.S. in Ecology from Augusta University and is currently completing a Masters of Science in Biological Studies from Clemson University.
After accepting the position, McLarnon said, “The soccer program that Coach Freace has built at Westminster is, without a doubt, the best in the area. Offering more than just state championships and collegiate development, Westminster soccer is an experience that players keep for the rest of their lives, and I am honored to continue this tradition.”
Freace, who is nearing 400 career varsity wins, has coached both the boys and the girls soccer programs, but has dedicated his time to the boys program since 2012. He leaves Westminster and the Augusta area to pursue God’s calling on his life in ministry with Missionary Athletes International in Charlotte, North Carolina in fall 2018.
“I am excited that Coach McLarnon will take over the boys soccer program after I depart. It is extremely important to me that someone who understands the school and the culture of our program be the next head coach at Westminster. With Coach McLarnon’s experience on our coaching staff, understanding of Westminster soccer culture, experience with the school and hunger to grow and develop as a coach, he is a natural selection. I am extremely excited to work with him this year and expect a smooth transition,” said Coach Freace.
McLarnon’s role will be slightly different this spring as he has been named associate head coach for the 2018 season. He will work closely with Freace to help facilitate a smooth transition for the 2019 season.
“We are excited that Coach Freace and Coach McLarnon will be working together, and we look forward to a great soccer season as we compete for another state championship,” said Athletic Director Andrew Bryan.