Former Washington Federals football coach Ray Jauch has taken the head coaching job at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, the school's athletic director announced yesterday.
Jauch was a successful coach in the Canadian Football League before coaching the Federals of the U.S. Football League to a 4-14 record in 1983. He was fired after the first game of the 1984 season, a 53-14 loss to an expansion Jacksonville franchise. He will take over a football program that was 3-7 last season and 10-38-2 the previous four years under Jim Mulhern, who resigned in January. The school's last winning season was 1976.
"We like it here in the community, and there aren't any pro jobs open," said Jauch, 48, who was an assistant football coach at Madison High School last fall. "I like the principal (William Sharbaugh) and athletic director (William Weisenburger). They wanted to run a good program, and the job was available."
"I think he will like coaching high school," said Weisenburger. "I think he wants to be around kids. That kept coming up in the interviews."
To be eligible to coach at Washington-Lee, Jauch, who owns a construction business, will be hired as a teachers' resource assistant for academic programs and will work with students having academic difficulties.
Jauch will be paid $4,000 for coaching, according to Hank Gardner, personnel director for Arlington County Schools. Gardner said he did not have figures available on Jauch's salary as a teachers' resource assistant. Jauch said the salary for the full-time position was comensurate with a teacher's salary.
When Jauch coached in the CFL, he worked with junior high and high school players. "In Canada, we had to develop the young players in high school (because of CFL rules limiting players from outside the country). We had to go into the communities and get them to college, then into the pros."
Asked if he viewed the job as permanent, Jauch said he plans to stay at Washington-Lee at least until his son, now in 10th grade at Madison, graduates from high school.
"My main concern is getting our young son through school," he said. "Then we will take it a year at a time. The main crux of the thing is we wanted to stay in the area.
"The first thing I want to do is provide the kids with a good program. First things first."
Jauch played college football at Iowa and for two seasons with Winnipeg in the CFL under Bud Grant, who later coached the Minnesota Vikings. As a coach in the CFL (Edmonton 1970-76, Winnipeg 1978-82), he compiled a 117-85-4 record and was twice coach of the year. He had only two losing seasons and led his teams to the playoffs 10 times, including the CFL championship in 1975.
When he was fired by the Federals, he was on the second year of a guaranteed three-year, $400,000 contract.