Savitz seeks title in last ride with Irmo

Phil Savitz seeks his 14th state championship with Irmo on Saturday. It will be his final game as head coach of the Yellow Jackets.

IRMO, S.C. (WACH) - After 33 seasons, more than 600 wins and 13 state championships, Irmo head soccer coach Phil Savitz is getting a shot at one more title in his last stand with the Yellow Jackets.

Win or lose in Saturday's 4A state championship game against Lexington, Savitz is leaving the program he made into a South Carolina powerhouse after three decades at the helm.

"I'm blessed, honored and humbled to be a part of something so special these many years," Savitz said.

Savitz has coached Irmo to 13 of the school's 15 soccer state championships. But, when he walks off the pitch Saturday night for the last time with his Yellow Jackets, he isn't leaving the game he loves. Savitz has agreed to launch the soccer program at Lexington County's new River Bluff High School next season.

"All the people, all the places and all the memories here have given me more than I feel like I've given this program," Savitz said.

Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. at Gilbert High School.