Armstrong has hired Mack Anderson as its new coach, and Dion Foxx takes over as the coach at George Wythe.
The job at Armstrong is one Anderson has wanted for 40 years, he said.
“I feel like it’s where I fit,” he said.
Anderson, a 1969 Armstrong graduate, has a diverse background in Richmond.
Since playing quarterback at Armstrong, he’s assisted in football, girls basketball and coached track at the East End school. He’s known as a spirited public address announcer for basketball and football games, and he’s been a substitute teacher.
Most recently, he worked in the Y-CAPP — Youth Challenged Advised & Positively Promoted — program at Meadowbrook High School. He’ll continue in that role at Armstrong.
At Armstrong, he’ll try to continue the momentum from 2014, when the Wildcats went 6-5, their best record since 1992. But much of the 2014 roster has graduated.
Anderson said he’s working to start a junior varsity team at Armstrong so that the program can grow in numbers and strength.
Armstrong begins practice July 31 and will meet George Wythe in its first game of the season Aug. 29 at noon at Huguenot High School.
It will be the first football game played at Huguenot’s new stadium, which has the only turf field among public schools in the Richmond area.
Wythe’s new coach, Foxx, is an alumnus of Meadowbrook High School and James Madison, where he played linebacker.
In 1994, he went to the NFL, where he was a member of the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins.
George Wythe went 1-9 last year, and its lone victory came over National Christian Academy, breaking a 26-game losing streak.
Among the five city schools, four have a football coach in his first or second season. Huguenot’s Bryan Jennings and John Marshall’s Redd Thompson begin their second year at their schools.
The city’s most tenured football coach is Chad Hornik, who begins his fourth year at Thomas Jefferson.