Mike Skinner, the defensive coordinator for Centreville High School's football team for the past four seasons, was named the school's head coach yesterday. Skinner replaces Dan Foglio, who resigned July 7 after being accused of stealing less than $100 worth of clothing from a JC Penny department store.

"I am excited to work with the kids," Skinner said. "We have kept the coaching staff intact and are looking forward to the start of the season."

Skinner, a native of Bladensburg, has coached in Fairfax County for the past 20 years. He was Marshall's head coach in 1988 and 1989, leading the Statesmen to two district titles.

Skinner has served as the team's interim head coach since Foglio resigned. Although Skinner said the school got a few applicants for the head coaching job, Athletic Director Rod Spellman declined to say how many people applied for the position.

Over the past two seasons, Centreville has emerged as one of the top programs in the area. The Wildcats finished 11-2 and won the Virginia AAA Division 6 Northern Region title last season. It was Centreville's first region title and the 11 victories set a school record. In 1997, the Wildcats finished 10-2 and advanced to the regional final.

In both seasons, the Wildcats lost to the eventual state champion -- Hylton last season and Robinson in 1997.

Note: Steve Lindsay has resigned as head football coach at DuVal after one season and will be an assistant at Thomas Stone this fall. Lindsay, 30, lives in Waldorf and recently accepted a teaching position at Thomas Stone, leaving DuVal seeking its fourth coach in four seasons.

"I had a good senior group coming back. . . . The toughest part is leaving them," Lindsay said. "It came down to what was best for my family. I had a daughter born in April; that was the final ingredient in making the decision."

Staff writer Josh Barr contributed to this report.