Westminster Names Dr. Shawn Brower Varsity Soccer Coach
Westminster Schools of Augusta has named Head of School Dr. Shawn Brower its varsity boys soccer coach.
As many of you have heard, Sean McLarnon is moving on to teach and coach in North Carolina as his wife pursues a graduate degree. In addition to adding a state soccer title for the Wildcats in 2019, the 2022 spring state runner-up finale showcased the excellence Coach McLarnon and the boys were able to achieve. Westminster is grateful for Coach McLarnon's contributions in the classroom and on the field during his tenure and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.
Entering his 30th year of coaching, Coach Brower has won five state championships in three different states: Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama; has five state runner-up appearances; and has been named national coach of the year three times. He has amassed a varsity boys soccer coaching record of 471-112-45. Coach Brower holds a national B coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation. John Weaver, Westminster's Board Chair stated, "We are thrilled to have Dr. Shawn Brower, our newly appointed head of school, also named as the new varsity boys soccer coach for the Westminster Wildcats. With his coaching successes aside, we see this as an opportunity for our head of school to relationally connect with a group of our student athletes as he has done at four other schools. We are excited for what the Lord has in store for him, the soccer team, and this program."
Brower remarks, "It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of coaches like Sean McLarnon and Mike Freace. Their accomplishments and successes, both on the scoreboard and in the hearts and lives of young men over the years, have been extremely noteworthy as they have established a soccer tradition and standard of excellence at Westminster that is well known throughout the state."
Brower continues, "I am grateful for the continued opportunity to lead and disciple young men through athletics and specifically the sport of soccer. It would be my hope that years after their playing days are through, that the life lessons we have learned on the pitch, in the locker room, and through experiencing life together will prepare them to be courageous men of God - men who boldly stand and act on their convictions, forged through the challenges, adversity, and triumphs earned through athletic training and competition."
Brower's soccer coaching staff will be a blend of current and new coaches, as the newly appointed athletic director and highly successful soccer coach, John Egan, will join the varsity soccer program as the lead assistant varsity coach. Egan's state and national recognition for his accomplishment as a soccer coach and his godly perspective on Christian athletics will serve the boys and the program well. In addition, we are pleased that Dallas Dickerson will remain on staff as the middle school boys coach and will assist with the varsity. We are also pleased that Will Boyd, Westminster alum and collegiate soccer player at Presbyterian College, will continue to assist as his schedule permits.
Regarding his coaching staff Brower stated, "I am humbled and grateful to have such experienced and eager men to join me in this worthy endeavor of leading the boys soccer program here at Westminster. We all are eager to engage with the soccer men of Westminster as we prepare for the 2023 soccer campaign, and are excited to work with such quality guys as team captains Creed Barrett and Eli Daniel."