Joe Breinig has spent most of the past three decades as the athletic director at Loudoun County, but he will be starting all over during the next year.
Breinig will start July 1 as the athletic director at Briar Woods High School, which is scheduled to open August 2005 in Ashburn. He spent the past 28 years overseeing the Raiders' athletic programs -- he has been in the Loudoun County Public School System for 36 years -- and now will take that experience along with him to Briar Woods.
"I've always wanted to open a new school, and the opportunity presented itself," Brienig said. "It wasn't a decision I made on the spur of the moment. It was difficult. . . . Opening a new school is everyone's dream. I will cherish the memories and moments I've had at Loudoun County. But I'll build new ones."
Breinig isn't the only athletic director on the move within the county. Rusty Lowery, Breinig's assistant the past three years, will take over at Freedom, which is also scheduled to open next fall. And Mike Sipe will take over for a retiring Charlie Lutman at Potomac Falls.
"This is an opportunity to create an atmosphere . . . of not only winning but having a classy high school program," Lowery said.
As Breinig and Lowery leave Loudoun County, Ken Wright will be arriving. Wright, the assistant athletic director at Heritage the past two years and previously an assistant football coach at Stone Bridge and Park View, said he's looking forward to working at Loudoun County.
"They really support their teams and come out to help in way they can," Wright said. "That's not unique to Loudoun County, but it's a great situation."
Spartans' Wacker Honored
Broad Run senior Charli Wacker recently was named the 10th recipient of the Suzy Hope scholarship, which has been awarded over the past eight years to Broad Run female athletes who have exemplified leadership and versatility in sports.
Wacker played softball and volleyball for the Spartans and was presented the scholarship by her older sister, Autum, a previous Suzy Hope winner. All 10 of the recipients were on hand last week at the Suzy Hope golf tournament at Westpark Golf Course.
"I'm honored to be part of that group," Charli Wacker said. "I never met [Hope], but in meeting her friends, I feel like I did know her. They told us that her best qualities came out in the 10 of us."
-- DREW VANESSELSTYN