Kip Shallis realized his lifelong goal of becoming a head varsity basketball coach recently when the Loudoun County School Board approved his hiring as the first head boys basketball coach at John Champe High School.
Shallis will start up the basketball program at John Champe, set to open this fall in Aldie, after nine successful seasons with the Potomac Falls program.
“I knew that it was going to come at some point. I’ve been kind of selective at times due to the great run and great people I’ve been with at Potomac Falls,” Shallis said. “I really wanted to find a great fit with an athletic director and principal that I know will be a great working relationship.”
Shallis spent seven seasons as either the head freshmen or junior varsity coach at Potomac Falls, guiding his teams to a 120-15 combined record. Shallis was also an assistant coach on the Panthers’ 2010 and 2011 varsity state championship squads.
“Potomac Falls has been a great run. I’m going to miss everybody over there,” Shallis said of Panther players, school administration and head basketball coach Jeff Hawes. “I will cherish the time spent with him and the kids.”
“One of the things I do this job for is the relationships you build,” Shallis continued. “A lot of former and current players have reached out to me and told me how much I’ve helped them. Just as much as they’ve helped me.”
Shallis did not hesitate when asked if he was excited about the new challenge. “Absolutely. There is going to be a lot of challenges opening up a new school. But I’m a very competitive person and looking forward to building a very successful program.”
John Champe will hold a meet the coach night April 11 in Mercer Middle School’s auditorium at 7 p.m.
Patton hired as girls hoops coach
Will Patton will head up the girls varsity basketball program at John Champe after serving as the head junior varsity girls basketball coach at Freedom High School the previous two seasons.
Patton has been involved in basketball since 1992 and led Paul VI to the 2002 Virginia Independent School League state championship as a head coach. He earned Coach of the Year honors in 2002.
John Champe athletic director Joe Breinig Jr. stated in a press release, “[Patton] plans to instill school pride and make sure the basketball team is constantly working hard to improve while having fun. His vision is to establish a team that works hard, plays hard and is positive in every aspect of the game and life.”
Martinez to coach cheer
Cynthia Martinez has been hired as the first varsity cheer coach at John Champe. Martinez was the head junior varsity cheer coach at Freedom in 2010 and has previously served an assistant varsity cheer coach in Fairfax County.
John Champe athletic director Joe Breinig Jr. stated in a press release, “An energetic individual, Mrs. Martinez has been involved in cheer in different capacities throughout her life. Her enthusiasm for the sport is not limited to simply building a competitive team; it also extends to her desire to help work with students as civic-minded future leaders.