When the Warhill Lions football team takes the field in the fall, they’ll have a new coach leading them.
Warhill High School has been on the hunt for a new head football coach since January, after coach Thad Wheeler resigned to take the head coaching job at Riverheads High School in Staunton. According to Warhill athletic director Dan Mullen, they found their man in Jerome Rhodes.
“He’s well respected, as both a teacher and an assistant coach, for one of the top teams in the district,” said Mullen. “Same kind of philosophy as our former coach, very big proponent of Wing-T and heavy defensive play, so the transition should be fairly smooth.”
Rhodes has been an assistant football coach and PE teacher at Woodside High School in Newport News for 15 years, as well as having worked as the team’s defensive coordinator for the past 13 seasons.
A U.S. Army veteran as well, Mullen said it was Rhodes’ character off the field that impressed him as much as any achievements on the field.
“During interviews, speaking with Rhodes, we really got a handle on the kind of man he is, and the kind of teacher he is,” said Mullen. “His character is outstanding, and he likes working with young men, on the field and off of it, and all of that is what you want in both a coach and a leader.”
Rhodes will take the lead in the midst of a strong time for Warhill, with the Lions recently enjoying back-to-back winning seasons and playoff appearances, including the team’s first playoff win since 2011 last season. He’ll also have two former co-workers, Aaron Evans and Terrell Richmond, on his staff.
All of this means that with this new leadership, the Lions should keep moving forward.
“We have a strong team, and Rhodes brings not just leadership and experience, but also that familiarity, and his overall philosophy too,” said Mullen. “We’ll both be that much stronger for it next year.”
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