The City of Manassas School Board on Tuesday night announced Sonny Hagy as Osbourn High’s new football coach. The 67-year-old becomes one of the eldest coaches in the Washington area in taking over his first head coaching job since the mid-1980s.
Hagy for the past seven years has served as Osbourn’s defensive coordinator. The Eagles went 65-23 during that time, with six playoff appearances. They went unbeaten in winning a Virginia AAA Division 6 title in 2006 and finished as state runner-up in 2008.
Hagy replaces Steve Schultze, who stepped down in December after going 74-44 in 10 years.
During a 43-year coaching career, Hagy has worked at 10 schools, including Osbourn twice. He also served as athletic director for 12 years at Brentsville. His last head coaching job was at Marion High in Southwest Virginia about 25 years ago.
“I just decided I would rather be the head coach than turn it over to somebody else,” Hagy said. “Steve is more like a son to me, and taking over seemed like the right thing to do. I’m glad I’m afforded the opportunity to do that.
“I’m excited about the program. I’m very pleased with what we’ve been able to do. Steve did a wonderful job and we turned it into being one of the better programs in Northern Virginia.”
Hagy said he would like to retain the current Osbourn assistants. He probably will not get to meet with his players until next week because the school is in exams this week. But he will see many of them in the hallways before then; he teaches two weight training classes and a football course at the school.
Calling himself “a young 67,” Hagy is encouraged by the talent level at the only high school in the City of Manassas. Osbourn has been known for its prolific single-wing offense, and Hagy said he is likely to add some option to the attack.
The Eagles went 7-5 last season and lost twice in the playoffs — once to Gar-Field in the first round and then the next week to Hylton, after Gar-Field was bumped out for using an ineligible player during the regular season.
“By no means is the well dry,” Hagy said. “We’ve had some excellent football players in the past and I feel like we have some excellent football players that are there for the present and we definitely have some young kids that are going to be excellent football players in the future.”