By RICH LEVEY
Tideland News Writer
Swansboro High School’s veteran softball coach Drew Farneth was released from his position.
The nine-year head coach of the Lady Pirates was asked to step down from his post in early June.
Swansboro High School principal Chris André declined to elaborate on the move, citing personnel confidentiality.
Farneth, who has been teaching and coaching in Swansboro for the last 14 years, will continue to teach English and work with the AVID Program.
Farneth leaves with a career record of 150-65 and three East Central Conference championships. He led the Lady Pirates to the state championship game in 2011, a first for a Swansboro High School softball team.
Farneth was named the Region 2 Coach of the Year following the 2011 season, and was selected the ECC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2005.
As the head baseball coach at Swansboro Middle School from 1999 to 2000, he posted a 17-1 mark and won the Onslow Athletic Conference championship in 2000.
A replacement for Farneth has yet to be named, but André said she’s hopeful the team’s next coach can keep the Pirates going in the right direction.
“We’re looking for a coach who will continue to keep the program growing,” she said. “Swansboro has never been known as a softball school, but the success of the last few years has put us on the map. We hope that level of success continues, and we’d like to see the number of girls involved with the program grown.”