September 23 - In a survey conducted by the magazine, 93 percent of current and former Patriot players and parents said they disapprove of the school’s director of student activities, Brad Qualls, not renewing the contract of baseball coach Josh Steinberg.
Our survey results come from 74 responses. Of those, 69 said they didn’t approve of Qualls’ decision. There were 33 responses from current and former players. Not one voted in favor of the decision to expel the popular coach, who went 67-24, won two league titles and led the Pioneers to the second state tournament berth in program history in 2017.
Players and parents polled came from the Class of 2016, which were seniors in his first season, through the Class of 2022, which are returning sophomores to the program. The breakdown of votes opposing the decision were as follows by class: 2016 (86%, 6-of-7); 2017 (93%, 13-of-14); 2018 (100%, 5-of-5), 2019 (90%, 9-of-10), 2020 (92%, 12-of-13); 2021 (92%, 12-of-13); and 2022 (100%, 12-of-12).
Steinberg was let go on Wednesday. The position has been advertised on the Prince William County Schools website and closes on Sept. 30.