Big gaps open in capital-area high school coaching echelons: Ed Henry joining U. of Virginia football staff, Bob Rothenberg to coordinate the track program at Brown of the Ivy League.

George Welsh jumped at the opening for a ninth full-time assistant coach, opened by the NCAA's restructuring of Division I college staffs, to hire Henry from Robinson (Fairfax) and put him in charge of defensive ends. Henry, out of old Western (D.C.) High, played fullback and end at Virginia, 1947-50, and by 1951 was the youngest high school head coach in the state--22.

That was at Mount Vernon, and it was a 6-3-1, district championship year. Later, Henry turned Annandale into a power (six-year stand including a 25-game nonlosing streak and climaxed, in 1965, by the first official state title); assisted at VMI for three years; came back to Northern Virginia to coach Marshall and Robinson eight good years each. His 24-year record: 154-78-13--and, as Henry says, "I think I can help recruit the best football players in this state."

Rothenberg's move also is a recall to alma mater. The 1965 Brown graduate will coach men's cross country as well as direct track recruiting, scheduling, facilities, etc.; he's done a lot of both at Fairmont Heights, 1971-80, and Suitland, 1981-83-- and founded/directed three major high school meets, including the East Coast Invitational that draws upward of 2,000 athletes from 22 states.