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Woodgrove, Tuscarora fill out winter coaching staffs

Loudoun's newest high schools continued to fill out their coaching staffs this week as Woodgrove and Tuscarora each filled winter head coaching positions with familiar names from around the county.


Steve Douglas (left) was named the new boys' basketball coach at Woodgrove while Jarod Brown (right) was tapped for the head job at Tuscarora. (Tracy Woodward, TWP)

Steve Douglas, who led Dominion to the AA Division 3 quarterfinals in the 2008-09 season, will make the jump to Purcellville's Woodgrove Wolverines and will look to continue the success he experienced in three short years in Sterling. A graduate of Fairmont State College, Douglas was a member of the 1998 Loudoun Valley Vikings team that reached the Virginia state final -- the furthest a Loudoun boys' team had ever advanced until Potomac Falls brought home a state title in March. Douglas brings 14 years of high school basketball experience as he returns to his native Western Loudoun.

Douglas will be joined at Woodgrove by Kevin Copley, another coach with local ties, who was tapped to lead the Wolverines' girl's basketball program. Copley -- who most recently served as a technology education teacher at Stone Bridge and Heritage -- has coached boys' basketball at James Wood as well as football (James Wood, Millbrook, Loudoun Valley) and girls' and boys' track (Millbrook). He coached four years of college football at Fairmont State and Shenandoah University and spent three years as an assistant principal at Millbrook.

The Wolverines also named their first gymnastics coach earlier this week. Krystle Jacobs, a former Loudoun Valley gymanist who competed at the 2002 and 2003 state meets, brings experience and a winning track record to Purcellville. The 2003 Loudoun Valley graduate competed and worked with two of the area's top coaches in Valley's Jennifer Cooper-Barlow and Heritage's Jenny Aubel.

Rounding out the winter coaching staff is Scott Fortney who was named the school's first wrestling coach. Fortney boasts 15 years of high school coaching experience between Park View and West Virginia's Jefferson and Charlestown Jr. high schools) in addition to seven years of volunteer coaching experience at Park View, Jefferson and nearby Loudoun Valley where Fortney currently works as a biology teacher.

Down Rt. 7 in Leesburg, Tuscarora High School filled out its winter coaching ranks and added to its football coaching staff.

Potomac Falls head freshman boys' basketball coach Justin Brown was named the Huskies' varsity head coach and former Broad Run girls' junior varsity head coach Michael Newkirk was tapped to start the girls' varsity program. Newkirk played junior varsity basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Brown is a graduate of Handley where he earned three varsity letters under coach Tommy Dixon.

The Huskies named Ryan Barden -- a Loudoun Valley and George Mason University graduate -- the school's first wrestling head coach. Most recently, Barden served as a varsity assistant at Loudoun County. Crissi Vogt was named head varsity winter cheerleading coach.

As expected, a pair of former Broad Run assistant football coaches have joined new Tuscarora head coach Michael Burnett on the Huskies' coaching staff. Adam Fortune (defense) and B.J. Miles (running backs) have been hired to help fill out Burnett's staff and will provide continuity as Burnett builds his new program. Former Park View freshman and varsity assistant Adam Snyder has also joined Burnett's staff.

By Matt Brooks  |  April 28, 2010; 5:26 PM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , Tuscarora (Va.) , Woodgrove  | Tags: Broad Run, Dominion High School, Jarod Brown Potomac Falls, Michael Burnett, Steve Douglas, Tuscarora High School, Woodgrove High School  
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