Lauren Weber

After a long battle with illness, former womens head varsity soccer coach Mike Renshaw passed away on the morning of Feb. 17. In our next issue, the Eagle Edition will be writing a more extensive story about Renshaw’s legacy and impact on the school and the athletic community. 

In an email sent to the school community on Feb. 17, Head of School David Baad said that the school will host a Celebration of Life Service for Renshaw on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in All Saints Chapel and broadcast the event live online. An RSVP link is available in the email. 

Renshaw left an indelible impact on the school, breaking winning records and leading his teams to a number of victories, such as the varsity women’s soccer team winning SPC titles every year from 2014-2017. But he was not only an incredible coach; he was also a mentor and role model to all of his student-athletes. Renshaw will be remembered fondly and perennially by the school community. 

In the January issue, the Eagle Edition celebrated Renshaw’s life. The following are a few memories his athletes shared:

“Mike was not only a coach, but a guide. He taught us about life and soccer. He was no frills; he told it like it was, and he never had any regrets. He had a ‘have fun,’ but “take no [nonsense]’ kind of attitude. This led to me rearing a lot of adages from him. My favorite was: ‘People make time for the things that they care about.’ It is still a quote I reference at least once a week [and] a quote I live my life by. Mike taught me that people show up for the things that mean the most to them, and he always showed up for ESD soccer because not only did ESD soccer mean the most to him, he was ESD soccer. We had a lot of great soccer memories, but the memories that stay with me the most are the life lessons he taught me.” – Gillian Campbell ‘18

“There’s just so many good memories. But one of them would have to be right after we won our first SPC championship, we got back on the bus, and Mike played ‘We are the champions,’ and sang to it at the top of his lungs because he was just so proud of us and knew how much work we put in. That kind of became tradition for us.” – Ellis Miller ‘17

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