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Cato June named Anacostia football coach

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Cato June, the 1997 All-Met Defensive Player of the Year at Anacostia and former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker, is Anacostia’s new football coach, Athletic Director Walter Bond said.

June replaces Terry Dixon, who was fired after two seasons, Bond said. Under Dixon, who took over for longtime coach Willie Stewart, the Indians compiled a 1-17 record. Anacostia finished last in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association this fall with a 0-8 overall record, including a forfeit for its role in a fight that ended its Oct. 22 game against McKinley.

June was the team’s defensive coordinator this fall and currently serves as the school’s athletic administrator, Bond said.

“It feels great,” June said. “Being able to kind of start again where everything all started in a sense and being able to take things that I’ve learned in my career and affect change in a positive way. It’s one thing to give money and give speeches, but it’s different to be part of the day-to-day operations.”

June starred as a running back and defensive back at Anacostia from 1995 to 1997, and was also a standout student. He played safety at Michigan and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with Colts, earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2005, and then two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. June appeared in a game for the Chicago Bears in 2009, his last season in the NFL.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to snap up a guy that knows the area and can relate to the kids here and knows what it’s like for them,” Bond said. “And he has the knowledge of the game and I see it already in the planning for the season.”

June said his offensive coordinator will be Walter Cross, the 1997 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year and fellow Michigan player, who held the same position at Potomac (Md.) this fall. June also said Stewart will also help with some coaching.

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