Herndon announced Wednesday it has hired Jeremiah Davis as head football coach. The 31-year-old Davis held the same position at West Potomac. He replaces Brian Day, whose contract wasn’t renewed after he spent two seasons at the helm.

In two years at West Potomac, his first stint as a head coach, Davis led West Potomac to a 10-11 record with one playoff appearance in 2012. Davis, who played college football at Penn State, brings a familiarity with the area schools as a second-team All-Met defensive lineman at Annandale in 1999 and an assistant coach for the Atoms from 2005-11. His youthful energy was apparent during the interview process, Herndon athletic director Johnathan Frohm said.

“Jeremiah has a big smile and a kids-first mentality,” Frohm said. “He’s an up-and-coming coach with a little bit of experience under his belt, and he comes from places with great football traditions in Annandale and Penn State.”

Herndon went 2-18 and winless in Virginia Conference 5 play during the last two seasons. The Hornets possess promise on offense behind juniors Lamik Bumbrey, who rushed for 1,378 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, and Ryan McLaughlin at quarterback. Davis hopes to use his defensive experience and wisdom to make Herndon competitive again versus conference foes such as Westfield and reigning 6A state champion Centreville.

“I’m really thankful for the people at West Potomac for giving me my first head coaching opportunity and I’ll miss the kids,” said Davis, who will begin teaching at Herndon next school year. “Herndon hasn’t had much success over the past few years, but we’re hoping to build their confidence and a solid system so we can compete against a tough schedule.”