The new football coach at Spotsylvania High School will leave behind multiple vacancies at another Fredericksburg area program.
The Knights have selected former Colonial Beach head coach and athletic director Jeremy Jack.
Jack’s hiring was approved at a Spotsylvania County School Board work session on Monday.
Jack said after building the Group 1A Drifters into a consistent program, he was seeking a new challenge.
“From a purely competitive standpoint, you’re always looking to move vertically,” Jack said. “And this is a great opportunity to do so.”
The Knights compete in Group 3A but they’ve had their struggles in recent years. They were once a powerhouse in Virginia as they won Group AA, Division 4 state titles in 1991, ’94 and ’97.
They’ve gone 21-111 over the past 13 seasons.
Former head coach Al Johnson stepped down in January after winning four games in two years.
Jack said he accepts that his new job will be a challenge.
He said first-year principal Amanda Hester and first-year athletic director Bill Swink are changing the athletic culture at Spotsylvania, and he’s eager to become a part of it.
“For many years I have observed Spotsylvania from the outside as an opposing coach and I truly look forward to jumping in beginning the transformation,” Jack said. “Most important to this transformation will be the athletes themselves, their willingness commit to our program and having the fortitude to take the steps necessary to turning around the last 10 [plus] years.”
Jack went 75-46 in two stints at Colonial Beach. His highlight campaign was a 2007 run to the Group A, Division 1 state semifinals.
Jack was hired as the athletic director at Caroline in 2011 but moved on after one year. He joined King George’s staff as an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator from 2012-15, before he rejoined Colonial Beach for the past two years.
His brief experience as an AD and his coaching success intrigued Swink.
“We saw experience,” Swink said of what he liked about Jack. “He’s had success as a head coach and he’s got administrative skills as well, which is a plus. “He understands how athletic departments work and he understands football. I think he was excited to move to a bigger school and get an opportunity to coach out here in Spotsylvania.”
Jack said he did all he could with the Drifters and now it’s time for a new challenge. He earned five district or conference coach of the year honors. He earned Region A and Free Lance-Star coach of the year awards in 2007.
In 2016, Jack guided Colonial Beach to a 9-3 record. The Drifters’ season ended with a 55-20 state quarterfinal loss at eventual 1A champion Riverheads.
“So much has been accomplished at Colonial Beach that short of winning a state title there are few things left to do,” Jack said.
There is plenty to do at Spotsylvania.
Jack said he’s looking forward to meeting the players next week while Colonial Beach is on spring break. He’ll finish out this year at Colonial Beach as a history and driver’s education teacher. He said he’ll work in the social studies department at Spotsylvania, but he’s unsure which subject he’ll teach.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little sad about leaving Colonial Beach,” Jack said. “But at the same time, as a head coach and competitor the challenge and opportunity to become head coach at Spotsylvania is truly exciting. Just as a coach asks his players to step out of their comfort zone, to push beyond what seems possible, Spotsylvania is exactly that opportunity for me as a head coach.”