Football Coach Mike Burnett will leave Broad Run for Tuscarora (Va.)

Mike Burnett will run a department and likely coach football at Tuscarora (Va.).
Mike Burnett will run a department and likely coach football at Tuscarora (Va.). (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
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From Staff Reports
Thursday, January 14, 2010

One month after leading Broad Run to its second straight undefeated season and Virginia AA Division 4 championship, Coach Mike Burnett said he will leave the Ashburn school to take a job as the social studies department chairman at Tuscarora, a new school in Leesburg set to open in the fall.

Burnett's bid to become the football coach at Tuscarora is still pending Loudoun County School Board approval.

"I can't imagine it's not going to come through," Burnett said.

Burnett, who lives in Leesburg with his wife and children, broke the news to his players Tuesday.

"It's excruciating," he said. "There's no words that can describe how difficult it is to leave these kids. Everything about football was and is great at Broad Run. That hasn't changed.

"The bottom line is I'm a teacher, I'm a coach, I'm a father, I'm a husband. My schedule right now is really putting a stress on all of those."

In four years as head coach of the Spartans, Burnett turned a 1-9 team into the top AA program in the state. Under Burnett, Broad Run compiled a 43-6 mark with three Dulles District titles and two state championships. The Spartans ended 2009 on a 28-game winning streak and have won 30 consecutive regular season contests.

Tuscarora will open its doors with a full varsity football schedule. The Huskies will compete at the AA Division 3 level and will play an independent schedule.

Broad Run Athletic Director Jack Kirby said he has received interest from several coaches within Loudoun County, and Burnett's departure could trigger a domino effect among coaches from several of the other programs in the county.

"We've already received quite a few phone calls from coaches who are interested in the position," Kirby said. "We will post the job opening on the school Web site as soon as this becomes official and then move forward from there."

FCPS may cut pool time

Swimming and diving could face a 50 percent cut in practice time under the newest proposed Fairfax County Public Schools budget.

According to the proposal presented by FCPS Superintendent Jack D. Dale, the reduction in practice time is just one of the cuts that also include the elimination of indoor track and all freshman sports.

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