Special to The Northeast News

By Thomas Grant, Jr.

Spring Valley High School announced the hiring of Andrew Richardson as the new head boys varsity soccer coach.

Richardson joined the Viking program ahead of the 2024 season as the Associate Head Coach, after 12 years as the head varsity coach at Heathwood Hall.

“I am incredibly grateful to Mr. Jeff Temoney and Coach John Combs for this opportunity to lead the Viking program,” Richardson adds. “This is a campus that exudes excellence and a community that I’m thrilled to be a part of. I am also indebted to Coach Stephen McKinney for allowing me to serve within the program this past season, and I cannot wait to continue the positive momentum occurring around our young men. I’m looking forward to getting to work with our Vikings and using soccer as a tool to build great people, establish relationships, and pursue championships.”

Richardson replaces Stephen McKinney, who has served as the Spring Valley head coach since 2018.

A three-time SCISA Region Coach of the Year and 2016 NSCAA State Coach of the Year at Heathwood Hall, Richardson led the Highlanders to the 2016 SCISA Class 3A final and five State Semifinal appearances.

He is currently the National Chair of the Black Soccer Coaches with the United Soccer Coaches Association and a previous NSCAA 30 Under 30 honoree.