Dom Wren is stepping down from his teaching job at Dutchman Creek Middle School, but Northwestern soccer fans can relax.
Wren has been granted permission to continue coaching Northwestern's boys soccer team, but his full-time job will be executive director of the Discoveries Soccer Club.
Wren, named National Youth Coach of the Year in 2010 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the Discoveries club's first full-time executive director.
"I would not leave Dutchman Creek for any other school,'' Wren said. "I'm leaving because this is a good opportunity - to be able to help Discoveries grow from the 25 teams we now have to as many as possible.
"I'm excited about this, but I will finish out the school year and work as hard as always. Norris Williams, the principal, and Jane Page, my teaching partner who I look up to as my mom, have been very supportive. I'm going to miss them. I'm going to miss being with kids in PE.''
Wren has coached with the Discoveries program since 1998. He will continue coaching the club's '95 Green Boys Region III Premier team.
Wren said he met with Northwestern athletic director Bill Warren before taking the job with Discoveries and was told he could continue coaching at Northwestern as long as he likes.
Wren, 32, is a native of Weymouth, England. He played for the Weymouth Football Club and the British Colleges National team.
He was recruited by Winthrop, where he played on the men's soccer team four years and was a team captain.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 2002 and completed his master's in 2004.
Wren led Northwestern's boys teams to Class AAAA state championships in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. His 2009 team went 25-0 and was named the national high school champion by ESPNrise.
Wren's 2009 Discoveries 90-Green team also went undefeated, with a roster that included several Northwestern players. The team won the U.S. Youth Soccer Association's U18 Boys National Championship in Boston.
Since moving up from assistant to head coach at Northwestern, Wren is 158-12 in six seasons.
"Discoveries is a growing club,'' Wren said. "That's one of the reasons I'm so excited about getting started. My concern is the future of Discoveries.
"I will run the club from an office at my house until we find one. And we'll play our home matches at Manchester Meadows. Soccer is becoming very popular, and we want to get our team to the caliber of playing at the national level and competing.''