After taking a one year hiatus from high school football, former Freedom-South Riding Coach Mick Mullins accepted the head coaching position at Park View Thursday.

Mullins, who previously served as an assistant coach for the Patriots, has spent this school year teaching economics at Briar Woods, but the opportunity to return to Sterling was too good to pass up.

“It’s a special place for me and my family,” Mullins said. “I’m very familiar with the school, and I really love the students, faculty and community.”

Mullins, 42, was a Park View assistant under current Briar Woods Coach Charlie Pierce from 2000-2002 and had another three-year stint from 2005-2007 under Andy Hill. In his first year, the Patriots reached the Virginia AA Division 4 state final.

In 2008, he took the helm at Freedom-South Riding, and after four seasons he stepped down in November 2012 to take a break from the game. Mullins said he spent last season observing many of the area’s high school teams, and he feels refreshed heading into his next coaching opportunity.

“I want to use a lot of things I learned, but efficiency is going to be big for us in games,” Mullins said. “If there is any buzz word for my staff and I, it’s efficiency in practice and everything that we do. As an economics teacher, efficiency is huge in life.”

Mullins met with the Park View players prior to spring break to discuss his offseason training programs and plans to teach at the Sterling school next fall. He inherits a team that was one of Loudoun’s perennial playoff contenders but has struggled in recent years. The Patriots have not posted a .500 or better record since 2009 and are just 2-18 over the last two years, including a 2-8 mark in the fall. Ferris Eways resigned as coach in February after four seasons.

“The players are excited about the upcoming season and glad to have somebody in place,” Mullins said. “It’s good for it to be official, and it’s going to be a day to day thing as we build relationships with kids.”