The Taylor High School girls’ soccer coaching position became vacant Thursday, May 23, when Coach Drew Merritt resigned from the position.
“I am seeking an opportunity to grow as a teacher and coach,” he said. “I chose this career path because I have a passion for excellence in education, and I feel that I've reached a plateau here in Taylor. This change is primarily driven by the environment in the classroom.”
Merritt will continue in the education profession next year and will teach Pre-AP English II at Gateway College Preparatory School in Georgetown. Merritt will also assist with cross country but will not be directly involved with soccer at Gateway.
Merritt expressed pride in the growth of the Taylor girls’ soccer program in recent seasons and wished nothing but the best for the future of the program and its leadership.
“I will have fond memories of my time as their coach. My hope is that Coach Little and Coach Cobb will find the right person to pick up where I've left off,” Merritt said.
Under Merritt’s guidance the soccer team finished the season 10-0 in 4A Region 4 District 26 this past season and scored 31 goals, but only allowed two in district play.
Overall the team finished 13-10-1 and advanced to the second round of the Girls Soccer 4A Region 2 and Region 4 tournaments before being eliminated by Salado on April 2.