Culpeper High School will have to begin a search for a new football coach.
Ken Wakefield, who guided the Blue Devils to the Region 3B championship last fall, has resigned and accepted the same position at Patrick Henry-Ashland.
The Patriots were 3-7 last season under former head coach Keith Braxton.
Wakefield was 30-50 in seven seasons at Culpeper, including a 9-5 season in 2018 that ended with a 35-14 loss to Phoebus in the Class 3 state semifinals.
The Blue Devils gave Wakefield his first head coaching job. Prior to arriving at Culpeper in 2013, he was an assistant coach at Marietta (Ga.) High School.
At Patrick Henry, he’ll return to Ashland, where he was the cornerbacks coach at Randolph-Macon College in 2010 before heading to Georgia. Wakefield also worked in Hanover County as an assistant at Lee-Davis in Mechanicsville from 2008-09.
Wakefield began his coaching career at St. Francis High, a private school near Buffalo, N.Y.
After nine seasons there, he arrived at Caroline, where he was the co-defensive coordinator for the 2007 team that finished 8-3, won a share of the Battlefield District championship and competed in the Region I, Division 4 playoffs.