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Pannoni steps down at Centreville

Centreville football coach Gerry Pannoni, who has led three Northern Region programs to playoff berths, has resigned after three seasons.

“I just think it was probably a difference of philosophy between what I was trying to get done and what the school wants,” Pannoni said, “so it’s probably better for me to move on and do it somewhere else.”

Pannoni declined to elaborate but said he would like to work as a head coach perhaps as soon as the upcoming season. In the meantime, he plans to assist W.T. Woodson Coach Trey Taylor, who succeeded Pannoni at that school.

Pannoni’s Centreville teams went 10-21, with 1-9 and 3-7 marks the past two seasons -- the program’s only losing records since the school began playing a Northern Region schedule in 1990.

Nine of the 21 losses during Pannoni’s tenure were by seven points or fewer, and the Wildcats played as many as 15 sophomores this past season.

“Part of the deal for at least the last two years was we were playing very, very young here,” Pannoni said. “We started some freshmen two years ago and this year we started a whole lot of sophomores and that definitely took its toll in the win-loss column.

“But I think the program is definitely headed in the right direction. I think the next two years, with the young kids who have been playing a whole lot, could be pretty special here.”

Pannoni compiled a 21-29 record at Lee from 1999 through 2003, with an 8-3 mark and playoff berth his final year. He guided Woodson to an 11-2 record and state semifinal berth in 2004 and then left after a 3-7 season in 2005. He was an assistant for one year at Centreville before taking over there for Mike Skinner in 2007.

“I think in my time here I’m a better coach now than when I got here,” Pannoni said. “Hopefully down the road I get another shot to do this again, because I think I have a lot to offer.”

From 1991 to 2005, Centreville won seven or more games every year but one and made 11 playoff appearances. That history and the recent success of neighboring schools Westfield and Chantilly could make it an attractive job. Five of the six teams currently in the Concorde District reached the state final at least once between 2000 and 2007. Centreville won the Division 6 crown in 2000.

“Definitely the tradition still holds here,” Centreville Athletic Director Jimmy Sanabria said. “That always entices people. The tradition in the community is football. They live and breathe it. They love it. The whole community does, young and old.”

By Preston Williams  |  January 20, 2010; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Concorde District , Centreville , Football , Northern Region  
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