Park View Coach Andy Hill Resigns
For the second time in three days, a major Virginia AA Dulles District program will see a shakeup in its coaching staff.
After Broad Run Coach Mike Burnett announced to his team on Tuesday that he would be leaving the Ashburn school for the newly-built Tuscarora (Va.) in Leesburg, the Spartans' biggest rival, Park View, learned that Coach Andy Hill has resigned.
Hill met with athletic director Joseph Breinig Jr., and Park View principal, Dr. Virginia "Ginger" Minshew on Thursday morning to inform them of his decision. He met with team captains on Thursday afternoon, he said, and will meet with the rest of the team today at 4 p.m.
"I have a ton of positive memories, a ton of good relationships that have come through our program," Hill said. "I got a chance to work with some unique and energetic coaches and I had lot of fun. At 27 years old I moved here from 1,200 miles away wanting to take on the challenge of being a head coach. I learned a lot. There were times I really thought I had a plan and the plan didn’t work and I had to go back to the drawing board. ... It was a great learning experience and I am going to leave with no negative feelings and [it's] just a feeling that I need a new challenge and I'm excited about whatever that challenge would be.
"The resignation now is to allow Park View to prepare for the next challenge or step without having to wait on me."
Hill immediately becomes a frontrunner for the Broad Run position if only because of his familiarity and success in the Dulles District.
In five seasons at Park View, Hill compiled a record of 35-21, including 21-9 in the district, won two district titles (2005-06) and advanced to the Region II playoffs in four of five seasons, including to the championship game twice (2007 and 2009).
Five of Hill's nine district losses came in 2008 after the Patriots graduated the bulk of the starters from the previous season, in which they went 10-2, but Park View bounced back and earned a trip to the Region II Division 3 title game this past fall.
Despite being a obvious candidate, Hill said that he had not spoken to anyone regarding the Broad Run job, though he acknowledged he will submit his name for the position.
Asked about the opening, Hill said only that the job was listed on the Loudoun County Public Schools site as open and that he would go through the same channels as any other applicant.
Hill, who came to Park View from Minnesota, also expressed a strong interest in returning to coach in the Midwest. He said he has looked into coaching positions in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota, and has already applied for jobs in Texas and Ohio.
January 15, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories: AA Dulles , Football , Park View , Region II
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