Churchill football has hired Chris Samuels, a former Redskins offensive lineman and a six-time Pro Bowler, as its offensive coordinator, the school announced Friday morning.
Samuels retired in 2010 after 10 NFL seasons, all spent in Washington. He was the head coach at Osbourn High School in Virginia these past two seasons, but stepped down in November after his team finished 2-8. Osbourn hired Cortez Whiting to replace Samuels, and now Samuels joins Willie Williams’s staff at Churchill. Williams was named the Bulldogs’ head coach in January after serving as an assistant coach at Churchill since 2009.
As he was retiring from professional football, the now 39-year-old Samuels expressed aspirations of coaching in college and the NFL ranks. He served as an assistant to the Redskins’ offensive line coach Chris Foerster in 2010, worked as a high school offensive coordinator in his home state of Alabama, became a student assistant under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama, his alma mater, then took the job at Osbourn in Manassas.
The next stop for Samuels, whom the Redskins selected third overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, is Potomac, Md. Churchill finished 2-8 last fall and is seeking to recharge with a new-look coaching staff.