Bob Windsor has resigned from his position as head football coach at Paint Branch High, Athletic Director Hank Galotta said yesterday.

Windsor, who coached the Panthers to a 34-15 record and two playoff appearances in five years, was suspended by Paint Branch after it was found he used an ineligible player in the Panthers' 40-8 loss to Seneca Valley on Nov. 4.

Paint Branch running back Jerome Tyler had been ejected from the Panthers' previous game against Wootton, and state rules require an ejected player to sit out his team's next game. Tyler, who wore a No. 1 jersey in the beginning of the season, played in the game against Seneca Valley wearing a No. 6 jersey.

"We are sorry to see this whole thing happen," Galotta said. "But, at this point, it's time to move on."

Paint Branch defensive coordinator Bryan Walker served as the team's interim head coach in the Panthers' season finale, a 30-22 victory over Blake. Galotta said no decision had been made as to who will replace Windsor, but that a search for a new head coach will begin promptly.

Windsor will continue his duties as a special education instructional assistant at the Burtonsville school. He is widely considered one of the top football players to come out of Montgomery County, playing in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

"I think [resigning] is best for the school and best for the football program at this time," said Windsor, who added that he hopes to coach football again. "I feel bad I embarrassed the school like that, and I hope they can move on."

Howerton Steps Down

John Howerton has stepped down as football coach at West Potomac to pursue other opportunities.

Howerton, who spent the past 17 seasons at West Potomac, the last three as head coach, led the Wolverines to the Virginia AAA Division 5 Northern Region championship in 2000 and a 6-4 mark this past season. He was 20-12 as a head coach.

"I certainly have enjoyed my years at West Potomac, but I think a change would be good," said Howerton, 40, who also teaches physical education at the Alexandria area school. "My roots are in the West Potomac community, but when you're in the same place for a long time things just get kind of stale."

West Potomac Athletic Director Jeff Dietze said he was shocked and saddened by Howerton's decision to move on.

"I'm very upset and disappointed about the whole thing," Dietze said. "I wanted him back. It's hard on us right now."

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