Jenica Brown has stepped down as head varsity volleyball coach at Loudoun County High School after 12 seasons. Brown, who guided the Raiders to six state championships in the last seven years, resigned in order to spend more time with her family.
Brown's resignation was announced Jan. 16 following a Raider Rally
in the school's gymnasium to honor the volleyball program for being nationally ranked by MaxPreps.
“We at Loudoun County High School, can’t thank Jenica Brown enough for all that she has meant to the volleyball program and the community," Raiders' athletic director Ken Wright stated. "As a devoted mother, she is stepping down to spend more time with her family. We understand the decision, but are extremely saddened to see her go."
Jenica's younger brother, Jarod Brown, has also resigned after serving as an assistant varsity coach since 2006. Jarod Brown earned Virginia AA Coach of the Year honors in 2009 after a stint as interim head coach when Jenica Brown was on maternity leave.
Jarod Brown also plans to spend more time with his family. He will continue to teach at Loudoun County High School.
“While Jenica was the public face of Raiders' volleyball, Jarod was behind the scenes working the nuts and bolts," Wright said. "The two of them made an unbeatable combination. We wish Jarod the best and we know he looks forward to being dad to Della and Wilson.”
Jenica Brown guided the program to a record of 222-11 over the last eight seasons. More than 25 of her former players have moved on to play collegiate volleyball. Jenica Brown will continue to teach at Sycolin Creek Elementary school.
"I personally have lost not only a great coach and mentor, but I will miss her friendship and our talks about life as much as anything," Wright noted. "Jenica is just the best ... we know that the next chapter of her life will be filled with whatever she chooses for her and her family.”
Jenica and Jarod shared their gratitude to the LCHS community in a statement. “Thank you to [Principal] Mr. [Bill] Oblas and the administration for helping to get the whole school behind us. Thank you to Ken, Adam and all the athletic directors who supported our philosophies and allowed us to run the program successfully.
"Thank you to the Raider Riot for always packing the gym and helping to make the opponent feel uncomfortable. Thank you to the Raider community who followed us and supported us over the years because you enjoyed watching great volleyball. Thank you to all the families of our players for supporting the girls and us as coaches.
"Thank you to all the players who gave so much time and energy to us so that we could learn from them as much as they did from us. They are truly fantastic young ladies, and they are the main reason we were so successful. Thank you to our families for supporting us and allowing us to give so much time and energy to the volleyball program.
"Thank you especially to [our father] John Brown for teaching us how to live. We wish the future of the Raider program the best of luck, and we look forward to watching the tradition continue.“
Wright said the coaching positions will be posted within the next couple of days. “We look to continue the excellence that Jenica and Jarod started and maintained. You don’t replace people of their caliber, but we will do our best to hire the best candidate we can for LCHS.”