Jamestown 2019 (Photo: Danny Haymond/recruit757)
Smithfield, Jamestown and New Kent now have coaching openings
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The coaching carousel continues to turn. We have three Bay Rivers District schools looking for a new head football coach.
Smithfield, Jamestown and New Kent all have vacancies at head coach at a time where the sports scene is more dormant than ever. Each of the dismissed coaches had been at their school for two years.
Smithfield head coach Mike Newhall took over from Reggie Chavis after the Packers had a stellar 2017 season. The Packers had knocked off Lake Taylor in the opening round of the Class 4 playoffs. Chavis held the job for three seasons, taking the Packers from 5-6 in the year prior his arrival to 23-11 from 2015 to 2017. Newhall was 8-13 at Smithfield. His 2018 Packer team absorbed a revenge loss to Lake Taylor in the opening round of the playoffs, and missed the playoffs in 2019.
Former Gloucester Assistant Coach Mike Murphy took on the Jamestown coaching job in 2018. In his two seasons, the Eagles were 5-15 and missed the postseason in both years. Murphy improved on an Eagle team that went 1-9 in 2017. Jamestown’s last playoff appearance came in 2013, when the Eagles lost in the opening round to a powerhouse Dinwiddie squad that went on to win the Class 4 State Championship that year with a 15-0 record.
At New Kent, Coach John Fulks led the Trojans to two of the best seasons in recent memory. Under his tutelage, New Kent had a win-loss record of 11-10. The Trojans made the playoffs in 2018, losing to Phoebus in the opening round. It was their first playoff appearance since 2003. Fulks 2019 team may have missed the playoffs, but they closed out the season with a convincing 28-0 win over Smithfield.
Fulks’ departure may stem from an incident in the season finale against Smithfield where the head coach was accused of shoving a player on the sideline. In February, Fulks was found guilty of misdemeanor simple assault. The job opening was posted in late February.
In addition to the openings at Jamestown, Smithfield and New Kent, there are head coaching openings at Booker T. Washington (Norfolk) and Heritage (Newport News). We received specific word of a hire at Granby High School but no formal announcement before school buildings were closed due to Coronavirus concerns.
– Andy Hilton
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