By Marty O'Brien
The Daily Press
9:27 PM EDT, March 30, 2013
Billy Jarvis has resigned as head football coach at Warhill High to become the football coach at Middlesex High in Saluda.
Jarvis coached at Warhill for five seasons, guiding the Lions to an 18-35 mark and two playoff appearances.
Jarvis said he took the Middlesex job because it gives him the opportunity to work with a number of people whom he knows well, athletic director Mark Stamm among them. Jarvis is a former football coach and athletic director at nearby Lancaster, and worked with Stamm there.
“I’m really happy and excited,” Jarvis said of taking the Middlesex job. “Warhill was a great opportunity, and I worked with some outstanding kids who accomplished a lot in a short period of time.
“I enjoyed working through the growing pains (Warhill was a second-year school when Jarvis took the job), and I thought our kids did a good job in a tough district.”
Jarvis, who was in Tennessee on Saturday in his capacity as defensive coordinator for the Richmond Raiders’ indoor professional football team, said he is excited to be at Middlesex as the school prepares the new football stadium for which it recently broke ground.
Jarvis had several huge highlights with Warhill: the school’s first win (in 2009 over Windsor), its first playoff win (in 2011 over Jamestown), lineman Parker Osterloh signing with Virginia Tech (in 2011) and Devonte Dedmon’s selection as Bay Rivers District and Daily Press All-Stars Offensive Player of the Year (in 2012).
“It’s surprising,” said senior Kennedy Barbour, a starter on the 2012 team.”He was a good coach who pushed us to the max.
“There were no ‘ifs,’ ‘ands’ or ‘buts’ about what he did. He did a heck of a job coaching us the past two years.”
Middlesex’s former coach, Josh Franke, resigned to return to his roots in Ohio. He will become head coach at Edgewood High School in Ashtabula, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie.
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