Randy Trivers, pictured during Northwest’s 2004 Maryland 3A title game appearance, takes over as the new head coach at Gonzaga. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Gonzaga has hired Randy Trivers to be its new head football coach, the school announced Friday in a news release. The Maryland native replaces Aaron Brady, who stepped down in April to take the same position at Malvern Prep (Pa.).

“Gonzaga is a place that has a strong tradition,” Trivers said, “and when you have a place that has such prominence both athletically and academically, you know it’s special and that really stood out to me.”

In Trivers, the Eagles add a coach who is familiar with the D.C. area and possesses 19 years of coaching experience at the high school and college levels. Those factors weighed heavily in the decision to select Trivers from among 40 applicants.

“Randy is a solid educator, football coach and person,” Gonzaga athletic director Joe Reyda said in a phone interview. “He has the qualities that we felt would fit into his position as coach and teacher. Plus, he has ties to the area, so it’s a good fit for everyone. I feel very honored and lucky that Randy accepted the position. I can’t wait to get started working with him.”

After playing football at Sherwood High and the College of Holy Cross, Trivers took over as the first head coach at Northwest High in 1998. During his nine-year tenure, Trivers compiled a record of 73-27 and led the Jaguars to the Maryland 3A state title in 2004.

Randy Trivers led Leesburg High in Florida to two state playoff appearances in four years. (Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel)

He then served as an assistant coach at Syracuse and Rutgers before being named head coach at Leesburg High in Florida in 2010. During his four years at the school, the team posted a 28-16 record with two state playoff appearances.

Trivers plans to meet next week with the Eagles football team, which features a wealth of talented players. After reaching the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals last fall, Gonzaga’s highly touted rising senior class includes offensive lineman and Alabama commit Richie Petitbon, quarterback and Virginia commit Nick Johns, running back Reggie Corbin, wide receiver Jabari Greenwood and cornerback Samuel Morrison.

Trivers and his new team will be tested early as they take on reigning Virginia 6A state champ Centreville on Sept. 5 in a rare, highly anticipated matchup of private and public school powers.

“If we’re going to be successful, we as a coaching staff have got to evaluate the talent we have and make sure we put ourselves in a position to maximize our potential as a team,” Trivers said. “To make that happen, a lot of learning will have to take place on both ends in a short time, so we’ve got a lot of work to do. The competition in this area is fierce but that’s part of the fun and ’m excited for the opportunity.”

Along with coaching, Trivers will teach English and assist in the communications department at Gonzaga.