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West Ashley High Welcomes New Head Boys' Soccer Coach CJ Macauley

 Macauley helped lead Academic Magnet to five AA state titles

Charleston, SC – West Ashley High School has named the 2018 South Carolina State Coach of the Year, CJ Macauley, as its next head boys’ soccer coach. Macauley joins the Wildcats after successful runs with Academic Magnet High School and the Charleston United Soccer Club.

“The West Ashley Athletic Department is looking forward to the growth potential in the future of the boys’ soccer program under Coach Macauley,” said West Ashley High Athletic Director Jeff Fipps.

Macauley has spent the past five years with the Charleston United Soccer Club (CUSC) during which time he became the Director of Coaching, having led his teams to two state championships with the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA).

As part of the CUSC, he is co-Director of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) Men’s Semi Pro team. In 2018, Macauley was named the South Carolina State Coach of the Year.

Completely committed to the game, Macauley founded Charleston Kix, a local non-profit organization, in 2018 to raise money to help athletes and their families bridge the financial gap that often comes with playing soccer. Early on, he saw the need to help those who wanted to play but could not necessarily afford it. Monetary donations for players come from the community and from business partner sponsorships.

“I am very excited and honored to be the head coach of West Ashley High’s boys’ soccer program,” said Macauley. “I think it is important to develop a culture of Wildcat Soccer and bring out the best in each individual student-athlete in our program. I see the potential of soccer in West Ashley. I am ready to get going.”

Maculey began his coaching career in 2007 at Marywood University in Scranton, PA where he was an assistant coach under Dawson Driscoll. After that time, he spent six years as the assistant boys’ soccer coach at Academic Magnet High School where he helped lead the team to AA state championships in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

While coaching at Academic Magnet, the boys’ soccer team had the highest GPA in the country for five years. Players from the school moved onto institutions close like Clemson University, far away like Boston College, and overseas in Finland (PS Kemi Kings) and Spain (Levante UD).

“We’re excited to bring another program builder to West Ashley High’s Athletic Department,” said West Ashley High School Principal Ryan Cumback. Coach Macauley has established himself as a top tier coach within the Charleston soccer community.”

While continuing his postsecondary education, Macauley attended Marywood University where he played center midfield; he was a two-year captain and broke the school assist record. Macauley graduated from Marywood in 2008 with a B.S. in Biotechnology.

This is Macauley’s second year at West Ashley High where he is a Science teacher with a focus on Biology and Marine Biology. He served as the assistant boys’ coach during the previous season.

Macauley, having grown up in Bucks County, PA, was born in St. Maarten and moved to the states when he was 10 years old. He and his wife, Victoria, have two dogs and are expecting a son in May.

For more information, contact WAHS Public Relations Director Donnie Newton at 843-852-2516.