New Varina Head Coach Marcus Lewis (Graphic courtesy of Varina Football)
The Varina Football legacy rolls along with the promotion of Marcus Lewis
by Andy Hilton, recruit804
On Thursday morning, Varina Football got a boost.
The departure of Coach Stu Brown was a bit of a stunner. After all, Brown had led the Blue Devils to a Regional Championship and a State Semifinal appearance in 2019. He coached football for 25 seasons and in his 17 years as the head coach at Varina, Brown carried an impressive overall record of 93-44.
Assistant Coach Marcus Lewis will now step up to take the reins. Lewis has been there as the legacy was extended under Coach Brown. Now, Lewis will put his own stamp on the program.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity. I never thought I’d be the head coach at Varina High School. This means a lot. I know I have some big shoes to fill. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Like I told the kids, I’m all in. I’m ready to work,” Lewis told NBC 12 correspondent Marc Davis at the announcement ceremony.
Varina’s legacy is impressive. The Blue Devils have had only three head coaches in the last 30 years, and those teams under Ed Bulheller, Gary Chilcoat, and Stu Brown racked up a win-loss record of 258-88 with 20 post-season appearances and several regional titles in that span. For most of that time, reaching the playoffs wasn’t as easy as it is under the VHSL’s more inclusive playoff system.
Lewis is a blue blood when it comes to Blue Devil football. He played high school football at Varina and is a 2001 graduate of Varina. He was an All-Metro linebacker in his high school career. Coach Lewis played college football at nearby Virginia Union University where he earned a degree in Human Resources Management and Personnel Administration.
After graduating from college, he assumed a role as an assistant coach under Stu Brown and has been with the program for the last 12 years.
Coaching continuity will be a great asset for the Blue Devils as they move forward in a new decade.
– Andy Hilton