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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/01/2011

Elijah Brooks assumes responsibility as DeMatha’s new football coach

As the high school football season approaches – Loudoun County schools were the first to hit the field in the Washington area on Monday morning – here is the profile I wrote on DeMatha’s new 27-year-old head coach, Elijah Brooks .

While perhaps nobody is under a bigger spotlight this season than Brooks, by design or accident DeMatha took some steps to lessen the glare on its first-year coach.

Some things that didn’t make the cut in the dead-tree edition:

The Stags dropped Baltimore power Gilman from the schedule this season; former DeMatha coach Bill McGregor went into business with Gilman Coach Biff Poggi and would not rule out coaching this season, while longtime DeMatha offensive coordinator Chris Baucia now has the same role at Gilman. Brooks said the decision not to play Gilman was “a concerted decision” and hoped Gilman will return to the schedule in 2012.


Elijah Brooks used to have the ball in his hands often when he plays for DeMatha, now he tries to help the Stags back to the top of the WCAC. (Matt McClain)
Also, DeMatha declined an invitation to have their game against Good Counsel televised by ESPN. Brooks said there was no “home” field for the Stags to play the game on a Thursday night as requested by promoters. Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center, which DeMatha has used in recent years, is unavailable as it puts in an artificial turf field and playing at Good Counsel was out of the question, Brooks said.

On a personal note, the end of the season could be plenty busy for Brooks. He and his wife, Tierra, are expecting their first child, a daughter, on Nov. 6, the day after the Stags’ regular season finale against McNamara.

“What a year, huh? Talk about timing. My wife and I have talked about having her during the week,” Brooks said with a smile. “But if I didn’t [have a lot going on] it wouldn’t feel normal. When you’re a student at DeMatha, you rarely have down time. Being a college athlete, same thing. I came back and opened my own business, I was training athletes, director of a training facility. My plate has always been full.”

As for McGregor, he said last week that the business he and Poggi created will be called Athletic Integrity, though he declined to provide details about the company.

McGregor also posted on Twitter that a big announcement is coming soon. That probably is related to the business, but could also refer to coaching. Last week he declined to say whether he will be coaching at Gilman this season, but signs point in that direction. This week, McGregor is on his annual before-the-season-starts to the beach.

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