Montgomery County’s version of musical chairs has already begun on the gridiron.
Rockville graduate Jason Lomax has stepped down at Springbrook in order to accept the same position at his alma mater.
“It is with mixed emotions that I am stepping down as head varsity football coach at Springbrook to take the head coaching position at Rockville High School,” Lomax wrote in a letter addressed to the Springbrook Community. “This was a difficult decision that was made with my family in mind. The demands of coaching are very stressful and taxing on a family. This move allows me to spend more time with my family, coach at the school me and my wife graduated from, and coach in the community in which I live. This was a unique opportunity that my family could not pass up.”
During three seasons as Springbrook’s head coach, Lomax guided the Blue Devils to an overall 11-19 record including a 5-5 mark in 2017.
Lomax thanked the Springbrook administration including former head coach Rob Wendel and current Athletic Director Dan Feher for giving him the opportunity to coach varsity football at the Silver Spring public school.
“I would like to thank the entire Springbrook community for welcoming me in with open arms,” he wrote. “I would also like to thank my players, past and present. They bought in to what we were building from day one and they will be a force to be reckoned with next year and into the future. I would like to thank my coaches for all of their hard work and dedication. They are a great group of men who are excellent role models for our boys. Finally, I would like to thank the families for giving me the opportunity to work with their sons and build positive relationships with them.”
Lomax, a 1997 Rockville graduate, takes over a football program that finished 0-10 this year. Prior to becoming the head coach at Springbrook, Lomax spent four seasons on the Rockville coaching staff including a two-year stint as the Rams’ offensive coordinator.
Meanwhile, Sherwood is also searching for a new head coach to lead the football program.
Chris Grier, a 2000 Sherwood graduate, has resigned after a five-year stint at the Olney public school. The West Virginia University graduate has accepted a position as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at DeMatha.
Grier, who took over for Mike Bonavia in 2013, compiled a 42-13 record during his tenure at Sherwood. Prior to his stint at Sherwood, Grier served as the freshman head coach at DeMatha for two years.
Grier thanked the Sherwood administration, students, teachers, parents, and fans for their support during his tenure as head football coach.
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be the head coach at the school that I graduated from and the team I played for,” he wrote in a letter addressed to the Sherwood football families. “Without question, the hardest part about this decision was about our current and past players. I thank you all so much for the dedication, blood, sweat, and tears we shared, along with the ever-lasting memories we made. I look forward to following you all and watching you mature in to successful men in life. Although I will no longer be the football coach at Sherwood, I will remain as a teacher at the school and I’ll always be here for you!”