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Broad Run hires Griffis as football coach

Two-time defending Virginia AA Division 4 state champion Broad Run has filled its head coaching vacancy, hiring Stone Bridge assistant coach Matt Griffis to head one of the area's top programs.

After being surprised by the departure of 2008 All-Met Coach of the Year Mike Burnett, who left to head up the new program at Tuscarora, the Spartans found a proven coach in Griffis, who has worked on the staff of Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson for the past 14 years as the offensive coordinator.

Griffis teaches at Stone Bridge and his wife, Robyn, is a teacher at Broad Run.

"Coach Burnett got Broad Run football going in the right direction so my job is to keep it going in that direction," Griffis said. "Our expectations haven’t changed: We still expect to win district, region and state titles."

Broad Run ended last season with its 28th consecutive win to take the Virginia AA Div. 4 title in Blacksburg. Despite its success, however, Griffis plans install the single-wing offense that has been run so effectively at Stone Bridge.

Under Thompson and Griffis, the Bulldogs have been one of the most successful programs in the metro area. Stone Bridge ranks only behind DeMatha in wins over the past decade and the Bulldogs have consistently boasted a high-flying offense that has picked defenses apart both through the single wing run-first approach and also with a spread attack when guided by 2008 graduate Patrick Thompson, who threw for 4,415 yards and 55 touchdowns in two years as the starter.

"Being a head coach has been a goal since I started coaching," Griffis said. "But I was realistic, I wasn’t going to chase anything I thought would be a bad decision. I was real patient waiting for the right job. ... This fall I had decided I wasn’t going to go anywhere and when this opened up I said it would be silly to pass it up. It's a great opportunity in the community I live in, my wife teaches there and it's a great program. It's sad to leave Stone Bridge, I've been with Mickey for so long, but the great thing is we're still across the street from each other."

The Bulldogs won a state championship in 2007 and have won six region titles in the past eight years. Last season Stone Bridge advanced to the state championship game, where it fell, 15-10, to Phoebus.

"You hate to have a friend leave, we've been working together for 15 years, but I'm glad he got a chance," Mickey Thompson said. "He wants to do it right, be involved in the community and live in the community and it's a great chance for him to do it without having to move."

Griffis's hiring no doubt adds a bit more to the rivalry between the two Ashburn schools, which will likely face off in 2011 when Broad Run moves up to AAA classification. Thompson joked that he already has started figuring out how to stop his own single-wing offense.

"That'll be interesting," Thompson said. "I already had to start thinking about that. I've got a year and a half to figure out what he'll be thinking when we play."

By Paul Tenorio  |  February 17, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , AAA Liberty District , Broad Run , Football , Stone Bridge High School  
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