South Columbus Stallions Boys and Girls Soccer coach Andrew Rice has resigned his teaching and coaching positions at the Columbus County school. Rice will be leaving the education field and returning to the business world.
Rice was known for communicating with his players on the pitch. He was constantly giving instruction and offering encouragement throughout matches.
Rice’s Stallions Boys teams were 17-28-4 during his four-year tenure. The Girls Soccer teams at South accumulated a mark of 30-32-6 during his three seasons of leadership.
The biggest South Columbus soccer victory during Rice’s tenure came in the final regular season match of 2015, a 3-2 overtime win over Whiteville’s boys. Rice’s teams mirrored the overall improvement of high school soccer within the Columbus County Schools system over the past four seasons.
Rice’s successor will have plenty of experienced players to work with. The 2017 Boys team graduated just two seniors. The 2018 Girls team had only one senior on the roster.
Rice said, “It was a very difficult decision. I loved my job and I love coaching. The time involved with coaching was leaving very little family time.” He went on to say, “I needed more financial stability and the business opportunity offered that plus more family time.”
According to South Columbus principal Adam Thompson, a coaching replacement has not been named.