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Reed Prosser takes over Heritage football team

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Reed Prosser will take over the Heritage football program, leaving Millbrook in Winchester after seven seasons to jump to the Leesburg public school. Prosser’s hiring was approved at Loudoun County’s school board meeting on Tuesday night.

Prosser, 39, has compiled a 60-48 record as a high school head coach in Virginia since beginning at Broadway in 2003. He replaces Steve Williams, who was not retained after leading the Pride to a 2-8 record in the fall.

“Heritage is a school really similiar to Millbrook in a lot of ways,” Prosser said by phone Thursday. “It’s in a fertile area [for football talent], and there just seems to be a commitment to success. It’s an exciting opportunity for me and my family.”

A Winchester native, Prosser played offensive line at William & Mary in the mid-1990s before beginning his coaching career. He started out as an assistant at his alma mater Handley and was defensive coordinator at Shenandoah University for four seasons prior to landing the head job at Broadway in Rockingham County.

Heritage Athletic Director Ron Petrella said he received 28 applications for the opening and conducted five interviews before picking Prosser. The coach led Millbrook to a 6-5 record in the fall and a berth in the Virginia AA Region II Division 4 playoffs where the Pioneers lost to Tuscarora, 42-21.

“I just think his total body of work” stood out, Petrella said. “He was a successful player, coach, teacher and also community leader. That’s all the things you look for in a head coach. . . . He’s going to bring an excitement to our kids and the community.”

At Millbrook, Prosser showed the ability to adapt his offenses to the team’s personnel. In 2010, Jordan Hartman earned AA all-state honors after rushing for more than 1,800 yards during his senior season. This year, the Pioneers ran almost exclusively in a four-wide receiver spread attack with senior quarterback Justin Neff passing for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Prosser met with the Heritage players on Wednesday, and he said he’ll spend the next few months trying to evaluate the personnel at the school to figure out what sort of team the Pride might be next year.

“I haven’t watched film of last year’s team and don’t really plan to,” Prosser said. “I want to give all the kids a fresh start and a clean slate. I want every kid to have the opportunity to start new and earn their playing time.”

The move leaves Freedom-South Riding and Potomac Falls as the Loudoun County high schools with football coaching vacancies left to fill.

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