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Former William Fleming head football coach Lee Johnson is now an assistant at Patrick Henry.
Friday, May 3, 2013
When William Fleming and Patrick Henry conclude the 2013 football regular season against each other in November, Lee Johnson will be back on the sidelines.
But not on the Fleming side.
Johnson, who resigned as the Colonels' head coach after the 2012 season, has joined the staff at Patrick Henry as an assistant under Alan Fiddler.
Johnson has taken the spot vacated by Jay Phares, who became the head coach at William Campbell High School in Naruna. Johnson, who already has participated in a week of Patrick Henry's spring practices, will coach linebackers and assist Casey Stewart with the Patriots' defense.
A former head coach at Glenvar and North Cross before serving as Fleming's coach for the last three years, the 43-year-old Johnson has not worked as an assistant coach since 2001, when he was on the staff at William Byrd.
"Being a head coach, sometimes you don't get to coach as much on the field as you do when you're a position coach because there are so many other things to take care of," Johnson said.
Johnson said he contacted Fiddler this spring about the vacancy. He is hoping to land a teaching position at Patrick Henry when contracts go out later this month.
"I was looking at some things, but there weren't a whole lot of jobs in this area," Johnson said. "My daughter will be a senior [at Salem High School] this fall and I didn't want to move.
"Alan's a good coach to work for. We've gotten along since he got to Patrick Henry."
Johnson led North Cross to the VIS Division III championship in 2008, but his Fleming teams won just three games and wound up forfeiting one of those, a 2010 victory over Halifax County, for the use of an ineligible player.
The PH-Fleming game will again be the regular-season finale for both schools despite the fact the Western Valley District will not exist in 2013.
William Fleming will drop from Group AAA Division 5 to Group 4A and will rejoin the Blue Ridge District. Patrick Henry will be in Group 6A and will move to the River Ridge District, where two of the league's other seven schools have elected not to schedule the Patriots in football.
Rowsey still committed
Rockbridge County basketball star Andrew Rowsey has reaffirmed his signing with UNC Asheville, after the Big South Conference school promoted assistant Nick McDevitt to the head coaching position, Wildcats head coach Darrell Plogger said Friday.
Rowsey, the No. 2 career scorer in VHSL history with 2,636 points, signed with Asheville this spring before veteran Bulldogs head coach Eddie Biedenbach took an assistant's job at UNC Wilmington.
Plogger said Rowsey was glad that McDevitt got the job.
"He's happy," the Rockbridge coach said. "The guy that got the head job did the recruiting on Andrew."
Rowsey led Rockbridge to the 2012 Group AA Division 3 semifinals and was named Division 3 co-player of the year this winter along with East Carolina signee Brandan Stith of Brunswick.
Fraley joins Narrows
Joe Fraley, a former head football coach at Liberty High School and an ex-assistant at Lord Botetourt, has joined the staff at Narrows. Fraley will serve as the Green Wave's offensive coordinator this fall.
Rawlings Scholarship sets May 24 deadline
The deadline for applications for the Fred Rawlings Memorial Scholarship through the Roanoke Valley Tennis Association is May 24.
Scholarships worth $500 will be awarded to two boys and two girls who are current high school seniors.
The scholarships are in memory of Rawlings, who was the head tennis professional at Roanoke Country Club for three decades.
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