Posted: 12:35 pm Monday, May 12th, 2014

Girls soccer: American Heritage’s Steve Burgess steps down as coach 

By Jodie Wagner

Longtime American Heritage girls soccer coach Steve Burgess has stepped down following 12 seasons and six state championships at the school.

Burgess, who cited family reasons for his resignation, said he will remain on the school’s staff as a physical education specialist and summer camp administrator.

He also is the Director of Coaching for AC Delray Soccer.

Burgess said he stepped down in order to spend more time with his 11-year-old daughter, Alice, who will begin middle school at American Heritage this fall.

“It’s really just a question of providing the correct balance in my life to really spend some more time with her starting those very important and challenging middle school years,” he said.

Burgess made a tremendous impact on his players, said Hannah Coy, a standout defender who played for four seasons under Burgess and won three state titles.

“Having Steve as my coach has been life-changing,” she said. “He has always pushed me far beyond my limits, challenging me to be better and do better. I am honored and privileged to have spent the last few years prospering with Steve as both a mentor and coach.

“I think I speak for all of American Heritage School when I say that coach Burgess will truly be missed, and I wish him the best of luck.”

Burgess’ assistant at American Heritage, Paul Gregory, will take over the Stallions’ program next season.

Gregory has spent the past two seasons at American Heritage and previously worked with Burgess on the club soccer level in Coral Springs.

“The relationship that we developed in Coral Springs was instrumental in bringing him in to American Heritage,” Burgess said of Gregory. “We figured it was good to keep the continuity there.”

The Stallions won the Class 2A girls state soccer championship in February, defeating Ocala-Trinity Catholic 1-0 on penalty kicks in the title game.

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