July 17 - Citing health concerns and a recommendation by his doctor, Jimmy Linza stepped down earlier his week after one season at West Potomac.
The coach sent an email to the program’s players and parents with the news on Monday.
“If I can’t give the program my full effort, which it deserves, it’s best that you move on to someone who can,” Linza wrote. “I do believe the program is in good shape and that all of us have made it better in our year together. There are many wins and championships still to come, without a doubt.”
Linza led the Wolverines to a 16-6 record and a second straight Gunston District championship, falling a game shy of a Class 6 state tournament berth and having an eight-game winning streak snapped after a Region 6C semifinal loss to eventual region and state champion Lake Braddock. He has a 146-70 record in 10 seasons, having previously served as the coach at Flint Hill, Falls Church, Mount Vernon and Hayfield.
In an email earlier today to the magazine, Linza wrote, “[I’m] sorry to have to end it so soon, but better to be on the front end when it’s stuff like this.”
The departure of Linza means West Potomac will be guided by its fourth coach in three years when it takes the field next spring. Longtime Wolverines skipper Jim Sullivan resigned at midseason last year, and assistant Jason Hescock took over on an interim basis for the remainder of the season. Hescock has since been hired as the football coach at South Lakes.
West Potomac’s opening is the fifth at a Northern Virginia school this offseason, joining current vacancies at Champe, Herndon, Stone Bridge and Riverbend. The position has been advertised on the Fairfax County Public Schools website.
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