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    Football: Head coach openings at three schools

    Freedom, Heritage and Potomac Falls high schools will enter the 2013 season with new head football coaches. Mick Mullins (Freedom), Steve Williams (Heritage) and Mike Gims (Potomac Falls) have each stepped down from their coaching positions since the 2012 regular season concluded.

    Gims guided the Panthers to a 7-23 record in his three seasons at the helm. Potomac Falls improved each year under Gims - going 1-9 in 2010, 2-8 in 2011 and 4-6 in 2012.

    Mullins resigned after four seasons. His teams’ produced a 10-30 record from 2009 through 2012.

    Freedom’s athletic department released the following statement: “Coach Mullins served Freedom football with great passion, energy and commitment. He also taught Freedom athletes to serve our community, most notably working as integral participants in the Champions Football League for special needs students ... [we] thank him for his service to Freedom’s student athletes and wish him the best as he spends more time with his family.”

    Williams steps down at Heritage one year after leading the Pride to their first-ever postseason berth in 2011. The Pride went 12-29 in Williams’ four seasons, culminating with a 2-8 record in 2012.

    Prior to taking over as head coach in 2009, Williams spent five seasons as an assistant football coach with the Pride. He also previously served as head coach of the wrestling and boys soccer programs at Heritage.

    “Steve Williams has served with character and passion for Heritage Athletics,” Pride athletic director Ron Petrella stated in a release. “His efforts and concern for our athletes and their success is greatly appreciated by the administration and our athletes. He is a valued member of the Heritage staff, and we wish him much happiness as he continues his efforts for our students.”

    All three head coaching vacancies have or will be posted with the Loudoun County Public Schools Department for Personnel Services. 


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