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Annandale hires football coach

Annandale, one of the most tradition-minded football programs in Northern Virginia, chose one of its own as its new head coach.

Mike Scott, a 1988 graduate of the school and assistant with the Atoms since 1996, was named Friday as the successor to Dick Adams, who resigned in January after 20 years as head coach.

Scott, who coached defensive backs under Adams, becomes just the fifth coach in the 56-year history of the school. Like Adams, he played for former Annandale coach Bob Hardage. He also played for Adams, who was an assistant at the time under Hardage.

Adams, an assistant athletic director at the school, said there were about 25 applicants for his old job. Six were interviewed — three from the staff and three from outside Fairfax County.

Scott, a history teacher in the Annandale special education department, also has been head track and field coach at the school and head tennis coach. He was one of four assistants on the 2009 football staff who were Annandale graduates.

“High school football is a very small part of life, but if you play at Annandale, it’s present in everything you do,” Scott said. “I was hired at 12:30 today and I’ve heard from a lot of people I hadn’t heard from in awhile, all Annandale guys. I think it means a lot to all of us. I really do feel honored and privileged.”

Annandale went 132-83 under Adams, with Virginia AAA Division 6 state titles in 1993 and 1994. After a 10-year stretch of not reaching the playoffs, during which the school’s demographics changed dramatically, the Atoms have qualified in three of the past five years but have not won a postseason game since 1994.

The Atoms will return about a dozen starters off a 4-6 team, including All-Met receiver Melvin Robinson. The freshman team lost one game.

“The expectations of the players and our staff are going to remain the same, and that’s what Annandale’s tradition is really about,” Scott said. “Winning state championships is a byproduct of what Annandale is about. It’s the character that we demand of our kids on the field, in the community and in the classroom.

“The shoes are still going to be black and polished, and the socks are going to be pulled up, shirts tucked in and helmets washed and cleaned and buffed. We might do different things on offense, different things on defense. Practice might be run a little bit differently. Those are the things that I’ll put my stamp on. But the tradition at Annandale is not going to change. We’ll still be red and white with no black or gray in the uniforms. We’ll still have the college fight songs [on the loudspeaker during warmups]. We’re staying the same.”

That sounds good to the former coach.

“I’m very happy that we have not only a good person but a person that is from Annandale, an Annandale man, and knows with it takes at Annandale and is driven by that,” said Adams, a 1975 alumnus. “That’s what drove me for 20 years was the community, the high school.

“Annandale is just a unique situation still. We’re not the powerhouse and that of the state right now, but we’ve still got a lot of good football in us. It’s so historic and no one has been able to maintain the level of school tradition, pride and competitiveness over almost 60 years that we have. It doesn’t make us any better than anybody, but it’s a unique thing.”

Scott is the fifth new coach named in the Northern Region since the end of the 2009 season, joining Anthony Parker (Edison), Ken Kincaid (Jefferson), Barry Wells (Mount Vernon) and Andy Hill (South Lakes).

Centreville and Falls Church still have head coaching vacancies.

By Preston Williams  |  February 26, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Patriot District , Annandale , Football , Northern Region  
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