T.C. Williams has hired Marc Matthie as its new head football coach. The 35-year-old has spent the past 11 years as an assistant coach at the collegiate and high school levels, including the past five at Centreville. Matthie replaces Dennis Randolph, who stepped down following eight seasons at the helm.
In Matthie, T.C. Williams brings on a coach with a wealth of experience on both sides of the ball as well as a familiarity with the Virginia high school football scene. After earning first-team All-Met honors as a linebacker on Chantilly’s 1996 AAA state championship team and playing at William and Mary, Matthie spent eight seasons as a defensive and offensive coordinator at Fairfax and Centreville. His guidance helped fuel Centreville on a undefeated run to the 6A state crown in 2013, when the Wildcats outscored opponents, 680-169, and a return trip to the title game last fall.
“I’ve always been intrigued by the city of Alexandria and the one school, one town type of deal,” Matthie said. “I’m just thinking of drawing back to the good old days at T.C. and using the formula they used of discipline and a family-like atmosphere.”
Best known for the 1971 championship season that served as the basis for the 2000 motion picture “Remember the Titans,” the football program has struggled of late. A year after earning its first playoff berth since 1990, the Titans went 2-8 last season.
Matthie inherits a young team that will graduate much of its talent, including quarterback Darius Holland, but has several potential pieces to build around, such as speedy junior running back Mahlique Booth.
“In my research, fundamentals and chemistry were the reasons why the teams in the past were so dominant,” Matthie said, “so my goal is to get back to those things and that should allow us to compete.”