Head football coaching positions in Northern Virginia are usually at a premium, with many assistants waiting a decade or longer for an opportunity at a top spot to arise. However, there has been less interest than expected in the position at Edison High School, left open when Dennis Baughan decided to return to coach at his alma mater, Herndon.
Baughan resigned from Edison one month ago, but Athletic Director Blaine Morton said he received less than a dozen applications. None are from head coaches presently at other Northern Region schools.
"We have had a fair amount of interest, but I am surprised we have not had more," said Morton. "We are ready to start reviewing some of the applications and arrange interviews, but we are willing to talk to anyone and everyone who might be able to help us."
Possibly discouraging some potential applicants is that Edison, with 1,065 students in grades 10 through 12, is the third smallest of the 26 Group AAA schools in the region. It competes in the five-school Gunston District where Lee and Mount Vernon each has about 300 more students than Edison, Hayfield has about 400 more, and West Potomac has an enrollment greater by 700 students.
Morton, who has been at Edison 17 years, said the future would be bright for anyone getting the job.
"Dennis left things in good shape," he said. "There are more players returning next fall than in any of the five years he was here. There are new housing developments going up in the area that will help the enrollment at Edison climb in the next few years."
Wake Forest University's baseball team had a mediocre 16-13 start, but the Demon Deacons, who have not had a winning season the past three years, might not even be holding their own without five players who spent past summers playing for the Falls Church Post 225 American Legion team.
Sophomore infielder John Morabito, an O'Connell graduate, leads the Deacons with a .408 average. He has five home runs, 20 RBI and 19 of his 51 hits have been for extra bases.
First baseman Johnny Koons III, who had attended O'Connell High before moving to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., his senior season, is hitting .327 with five homers and 26 RBI. He is one of five freshmen starting for Wake Forest.
Freshman third baseman-outfielder Sean Gallaher of Falls Church, also an O'Connell alumnus, is hitting .315 with 22 RBI. He has drawn 20 walks giving him a .440 on-base percentage.
Freshman left-hander Frank Humber, a graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale and a summer player in Falls Church, has a 2-2 record and a 3.82 ERA.
Scott Stice of Summerville, S.C., who also played summer ball in Falls Church, has struggled early. The right-handed sophomore reliever is 1-0, but his ERA is 5.67.
Wake Forest will visit Maryland Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and play Virginia in Charlottesville Sunday at 2.