Coaching Legend Phil Savitz Announces Retirement After 44 Years, Leaving a Lasting Legacy in South Carolina Soccer

In a career spanning an impressive 44 years, Phil Savitz, the Men’s Head Soccer Coach at River Bluff High School, has announced his retirement at the conclusion of this season. After an exceptional 33-year tenure at Irmo High School and the last 11 years at River Bluff, Coach Savitz leaves an unparalleled mark on the soccer landscape in South Carolina, boasting a record-breaking 800 victories.

A Remarkable Coaching Career

Coach Savitz’s coaching journey has been nothing short of remarkable. His teams consistently excelled, clinching numerous regional championships and an astounding 15 state championships, a record that stands as a testament to his coaching prowess. With 24 appearances in the state finals and a legacy of 14 State Players of the Year, Coach Savitz’s impact on the sport extends far beyond the realm of victories.

A Legacy of Excellence

Many of Coach Savitz’s players have gone on to successful collegiate careers, reflecting his commitment to both athletic and academic excellence. Recognized nationally by USA Today and NSCAA, his teams achieved top-five rankings three times. Notably, Coach Savitz’s squads secured four consecutive state championships twice, a feat unmatched by any other coach in 4A.

Beyond the Field: Academic Excellence

Coach Savitz emphasized academic achievement, and his teams repeatedly received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for outstanding classroom performance. His commitment to developing well-rounded student-athletes showcases his dedication to nurturing excellence both on and off the field.

Awards and Accolades

Throughout his illustrious career, Coach Savitz earned Coach of the Year honors at regional, state, and national levels. He was inducted into the SC Soccer Coaches Association’s inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2007 and the South Carolina Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

Enduring Legacy

Coach Savitz’s impact extended beyond the high school level, as he contributed to the North and South All-Star Teams and served as Co-Head Coach of the South Carolina All-Stars in “The Clash of the Carolinas All-Star Game.”

The Irmo and River Bluff soccer community expresses deep gratitude for Coach Savitz’s enduring contributions, and his legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations.