LHS's Sylvia set for Clash

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Bruins soccer coach in elite all-star match

By Robert Howey



Lancaster High School soccer coach Bo Sylvia has been selected for the state’s top all-star soccer match.

Sylvia, who guides the Bruins’ boys and girls soccer programs, will serve as a coach in the fifth annual Clash of the Carolinas boys all-star match on July 9 at Daniel Island’s Blackbaud Stadium, home of the Charleston Battery.

The Clash is the only interstate all-star match in the nation for boys and girls high school soccer. The contest is similar to the format for the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas high school all-star football game which features the states top senior players.

The Clash features two matches, the girls at 1 p.m. and the boys in the 3:30 match.

“It’s quite an honor to be named as a co-coach for this event,” Sylvia said. “This is a tremendous honor. I’m blessed with this nomination.”

Sylvia, who has coached high school soccer for 31 years in South Carolina, North Carolina and Missouri, will serve as a co-coach with Kevin Darlington of Class AA Gilbert High School.

The N.C. coaches are Brian Jillings of Hickory High School and Todd Schuler of Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C.

Sylvia, in 31 seasons as a head soccer coach, has fashioned a 410-191-26 mark in boys soccer. He ranks among the state’s top 10 in career wins for boys soccer.

He has a 170-113-12 record as a girls’ head coach in 16 years coaching in North and South Carolina.

Sylvia’s combined record for girls and boys soccer is 580-304-38. Prior to his selection for the Clash, Sylvia served as the girls coach for the North-South All-Star match in 2005 and the boys North-South All-Star coach in 1994.

“Coach Sylvia is most deserving of this coaching honor,” Bruins’ athletic director Mark Strickland said. “He is dedicated to soccer and promotes the sport. I’m happy for him to receive this honor and I know he will represent us well.

“There’s plenty of soccer to be played this season with our programs, but I know he’s excited about coaching in the Clash.”

In the overall series for the boys all-star match, South Carolina holds the lead, 1-0-3.

“I hope we can make it two wins,” Sylvia said. “Overall, it’s a wonderful  experience with two training sessions, a visit to hospitals and a series of speaking engagements.”

Players for the matches are nominated by a committee of coaches who have served as a coach in the Clash.

“To be considered you have to be among the top 18 players in the state,” Sylvia said. “It’s the crème de la crème.”