STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a previous story.
Strongsville High School announced on Monday that varsity girls soccer head coach Todd Church has resigned to pursue other interests.
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“After seventeen seasons with Strongsville, I have decided that the time was right for me to step away from the Lady Mustangs Soccer program," Church said in a statement. "I, along with my family, am so grateful for all of the experiences and opportunities Strongsville Girls Soccer has provided us. I would like to thank my staff, that I consider extended family, for all that they have given - Jon Felton, J.R. Muth, Nick Heyniger, Allison Harbart, and Fred East. I look forward to watching the continued successes of the team and will forever be a fan of the Strongsville Soccer Lady Mustangs."
First hired as the Lady Mustangs' head coach in 2014, Church spent 17 years at Strongsville High School, as he previously served as an assistant coach for the program from 2005-2013. Under Church's direction, the Lady Mustangs won seven consecutive Greater Cleveland Conference championships (2015-21), reaching the Final 16 in the state twice (2015, 2016), the Final Eight three times (2017, 2019, 2021) and were state runners-up in 2018. In 2020, Strongsville won the OHSAA state championship with a perfect 20-0 record, with topdrawersoccer.com ranking the Lady Mustangs first overall nationally.
“Coach Church has been the face of the Lady Mustangs soccer program for the last eight years," Strongsville High School Athletic and Activities Director Denny Ziegler said in a statement. "Although we will miss Coach Church and respect his decision to resign, we appreciate all the time and energy he and his staff have invested in making Strongsville soccer one of the top programs not only in the state, but nationally. Coach Church has impacted many student-athletes along the way and his successes will carry on with the future of the program."
Strongsville High School will begin accepting applications for its varsity girls soccer head coaching position immediately. More information can be found here.