Atlanta, GA – The Grady Athletics Department is excited to announce the hiring of three new soccer coaches and the return of a fourth for the 2019-2020 school year. Louis Alexander will take over as Girls Varsity Head Coach, Tony Szczesniak and Jaime Benedetti will assume control of Boys Varsity, and Fred Gerretzen will return as Boys JV Head Coach.
Louis Alexander comes to Grady from Caledonia High School in Mississippi, where he served for the last three seasons as Head Coach of the Boys and Girls Varsity and JV programs at his alma mater. During that time Coach Alexander led the Girls programs at Caledonia to a combined record of 22-11-3, including two District Championships. He also helped develop a combined total of 22 All-District players in his three seasons.
Coach Alexander starred as a forward at Caledonia before continuing his playing career at East Mississippi Community College. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Sport Pedagogy, serving as an Assistant Coach at Starkville Academy during his time at MSU.
On the Boys side, Tony Szczesniak and Jaime Benedetti will be leading the Varsity squad. Coach Szczesniak will be a full-time faculty member at Grady in the special education department and has coached soccer at a number of levels in the metro Atlanta area. Most recently he was Head JV Girls Coach at Dunwoody High School for two years and Head JV Girls Coach at North Springs for one year.
Coach Benedetti served as Head Boys Soccer Coach for Holy Innocents’ in 2016, worked with the Atlanta United Development Academy teams as an Assistant Coach from 2016-2018, and has been an Assistant Boys Soccer Coach at Oglethorpe University since 2012. He played Division I soccer at the University of Dayton and Georgia State University, then semi-professionally for the Birmingham Saints in the USISL and the Knoxville Impact in the USISL Indoor League.
Finally, Fred Gerretzen will be returning as Head JV Boys Coach. He led the JV Knights to a 7-1-2 record in 2019 and has played a key role in the development of Grady’s younger players.
“Grady Soccer has a strong history of success and we believe these four coaches are the right leaders to continue moving both programs in a positive direction,” said Athletic Director Patrick Johnson. “Each of them brings the experience, passion, and values to help our students achieve their best.”
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