Beaufort Academy announced Tuesday that longtime girls soccer coach David Byrne has stepped down and handed over the successful program to Steve Aldred.
Byrne’s 15-year tenure at BA included SCISA state championships in 2010, 2013, and 2017, and he sent three players – Miranda Weslake, Sissy Mungin, and Meredith Andrepont Anderson – on to collegiate careers.
“It’s obviously hard to step down after you put 15 years of your heart and energy into building a strong program,” BA athletics director Neal McCarty said in a release. “We take pride in the fact that David’s efforts and success have left our girls soccer program better off and in good hands.”
Those capable hands belong to Aldred, who brings nearly 30 years of soccer coaching experience to the position. Aldred played at the youth and reserve levels for English soccer clubs Fulham and Crystal Palace in the early-1980s before transitioning to coaching. He has coached in England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Australia, according to the release.
“I am very much looking forward to working with our talented girls here at Beaufort Academy, and I am excited about developing our program to compete at the highest level,” Aldred said.