Woodgrove landed an experienced hand to lead its nascent football program, hiring former Centreville coach Mike Skinner as its new coach late last month.
Skinner, who won a state championship at Centreville in 2000 and was an assistant on Stone Bridge during its two runner-up finishes in 2009-10, takes over for Jerry Gordon, who stepped down after leading the Wolverines to a 6-14 record in their first two years playing at the varsity level.
Skinner has lived in Purcellville, where Woodgrove is located, for the past six years.
“I was interested in being back involved,” said Skinner, 54. “I didn’t expect it, the Woodgrove thing suddenly happened. It’s a good fit, I thought why not? What the heck?. It’ll be nice to give it one more shot.”
Skinner played at Frostburg State and began his coaching career after graduating in 1980, with stops at Groveton, Marshall and Centreville. As head coach at Marshall and Centreville, he compiled a record of 88-25, including a Virginia AAA Div. 6 championship at Centreville in 2000. He stepped down there in 2006, and was inducted into the Fairfax County Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
As an assistant at Stone Bridge, Skinner helped the Bulldogs reach the state title game in 2009 and 2010.
Coming along with Skinner to Woodgrove will be his son, Andy, who ran the defense with his father at Stone Bridge. It is expected Andy Skinner will be the defensive coordinator at Woodgrove, while Mike Skinner runs the offense.
The elder Skinner praised the new facilities at Woodgrove, calling it “the nicest facility I have ever seen for a public school,” and said he believes that roster has enough talent to build a successful program.
The school will graduate its first class this year, and Skinner said he has had upwards of 70 kids participating in the weight room program this winter.
“There’s definitely some talent here,” Skinner said. “We’ll see. They’ve been doing well in most sports, girls basketball is in the state semifinals, baseball had a good year, basketball had a good year. So we’ll see.”