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Park View, Potomac Falls fill football coaching vacancies

After a tumultuous offseason that featured a multitude of changes in the coaching ranks of Loudoun County’s football programs, the final two head coaching vacancies were officially filled Tuesday.

Ferris Eways (Park View) and Mike Gims (Potomac Falls) were approved by the Loudoun County School Board as the new head men at their respective AA Dulles District programs and now begin their task of building up a pair of Sterling teams at opposite ends of the league standings a year ago.

Following a season that saw Park View reach the AA Region II Division 3 final, Patriots coach Andy Hill resigned in mid-January to pursue other coaching opportunities. Two months later, the five-year veteran was hired as the new head coach at South Lakes. Scott Woodlief, who in four seasons led the Panthers to a 23-19 mark and a program-best 10-2 finish in 2009, stepped down in early February to take the head job at his alma mater, Kecoughtan High School in Hampton.

Eways comes to Sterling after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Michigan State University following three years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Centreville, his alma mater. A wide receiver and 2004 graduate of Towson, Eways interned as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Washington Redskins for three seasons. In all, he has 10 years of football-related experience at the high school and collegiate level. Park View Athletic Director Joe Breinig, Jr., sent a release to announce the hiring earlier this week.

“Mr. Eways brings an extensive football background and knowledge to Park View High School and is looking forward to continuing the success and rich football tradition we have here at Park View. His plan is to educate student athletes about determination, work ethic, and the fundamentals needed to become a successful individual on the football field, in the classroom and life.”

An Ohio native, Gims’s 21-year coaching career includes experience at the high school and collegiate level. After 11 years at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (36-10), Gims most recently spent two years at the helm of the NAIA’s Trinity International College where he compiled a record of 1-21. As a former offensive coordinator with a pair of Miami Valley Conference (Ohio) coach of the year awards, Gims will look to revive a Panther team that finished 3-7 one year after reaching the Region II Division 4 final.

From a release sent by the Potomac Falls athletic department:

"A wide receiver in high school, Gims seems to have a passion for the passing game, and promises to bring an exciting brand of offense to Potomac Falls. Indeed, at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, where he compiled a 36-10 record, his teams averaged over 30 points a game on offense in three seasons. Several of his players have gone on to collegiate football, including Division I schools. Gims plans on emphasizing teaching character through football, and building community support for football through helping to develop the Lower Loudoun Youth Football Program."

In all this offseason, five new head football coaches have been hired at Loudoun’s 12 schools. The most notable move was former-Broad Run coach Mike Burnett who left the Spartans following back-to-back AA Division 4 state championships to take the same position at Tuscarora, which opens in the fall. Burnett was replaced by long-time Stone Bridge offensive coordinator Matt Griffis. Another new Loudoun school set to open in the fall, Woodgrove hired former Potomac Falls defensive coordinator Jerry Gordon as its first head coach in late February.

By Matt Brooks  |  April 15, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , Centreville , Football , Park View , Potomac Falls , South Lakes  | Tags: AA Dulles District, High School Football Coach, Park View High School, Potomac Falls High School  
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