An assistant coach from Annandale High School has been named to direct the football programs at the new South Lakes High School in Reston, which is scheduled to open this fall.
Tom Secules, 40, has been an assistant to Head Coach Bob Hardage at Annandale for 12 years. Annandale is known as one of Northern Virginia's football powerhouses, a factor which worked in Secules' favor as a head coach candidate at South Lakes, according to South Lakes Athletic Director Carl Zaleski.
"He comes from a winning tradition," Zaleski said, "and that's what we want to establish right away. A successful football program can set the tone for the way an entire school looks at itself."
Secules played high school football in Pennsylvania before quarterbacking at William and Mary, where Hardage also playing. When Hardage became head coach at Annandale in 1966, he asked his college friend, who then was an assistant high school coach in Newport News, to come north. Secules did, beginning what would be 12 demanding years at Annandale.
"Over the years, I coached the secondary, the offensive line, backs, ends and special teams," Secules said.
At South Lakes, Secules will move into a completely new program and school where the highest grade level in the first year will be the 10th grade. There will not be a senior class for two years.