Ben Gerdts, who led the Hilton Head Christian Academy girls soccer team to a state championship this spring, is leaving the school at the end of the year.
Gerdts has coached the HHCA girls for five years, but has decided to take another teaching job at a private high school in San Antonio.
"It would have been really hard for me to fulfill my decision to leave if we hadn't won it," Gerdts said. "It was a hell of a lot of pressure."
Gerdts said he will take a year off of coaching to get settled in at St. Mary's Hall, where he has been hired to teach English. After than, he expects to embed himself into the club and school soccer programs. He said he'll miss Hilton Head Christian, though.
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"HHCA's been awesome," Gerdts said. "It's been a community for me to participate in. I was ready for a change."
Athletic director Kenny Conroy said the school has not yet filled the position.