WINCHESTER, VA – The John Handley Judges announced their new football coach, former Sherando Warriors head coach, Jake Smith. Smith was on staff with Sherando as the defensive coordinator as well as the head coach after longtime coach, Bill Hall stepped down, Smith has been with Sherando a total of six years and lead the Warriors to two region playoff bids.

Reed Prosser the Director of Student Activities at Handley said in a press release “We are pleased to name Jake Smith as Head Coach of the Handley Football Program. Coach Smith has proven to be a dynamic coach and is an outstanding leader of young men. His teams are always well prepared and organized and Coach Smith cares about his players. We are excited about the direction of our program and his leadership and technical knowledge will continue to allow our program to become elite. He will do an excellent job growing and developing students at Handley and beyond”

Smith has had previous coaching experience as the offensive coordinator at Brooke Point High School and he was an assistant at Redbank Valley and Derry area High Schools. This past season the Warriors went 7-5 and they fell to Loudoun County in the second round of the playoffs.

Sherando Coordinator of Student Activities, Jason Barbe said “Mr. Smith resigned to take the Handley football job. I’m greatly appreciative of his service to Sherando the last 6 years. We will be posting the job soon and are excited to get to work on finding the right person to lead our program and continue our winning tradition.”

Smith will be taking over for former head coach Dan Jones who recently resigned, Jones lead Handley to no losing seasons and four straight Region 4C playoff berths in his last four seasons.