Over the years, Alex Tsironis has been a coach, teacher and mentor to countless students throughout Montgomery County Public Schools.
Tsironis, who was born in Silver Spring, currently heads up the Physical Education and Arts Department at North Bethesda Middle School.
However, Tsironis, a Watkins Mill High School graduate, is perhaps best known as the creator of the popular MoCo Snow website and blog, at www.mocosnow.com, which began in 2010.
“I loved snow days,” recalled Tsironis, “so I would always share my opinions with my kids.”
The MoCo Snow website and Twitter account is now billed as the No. 1 source for weather information in Montgomery County including closings, delays, forecasts and predictions.
In 2015, Tsironis created the MoCo Show podcast that blossomed into the website www.mocoshow.com, Facebook page and Twitter account with an enormous following.
“I never thought it would get to the point where we had one quarter of a million people in a month and a half viewing the site,” said Tsironis.
The MoCo Show Twitter account has more than 9,300 followers and the website and Facebook page both feature news and information pertinent to Montgomery County.
“Our reach is over one million on Facebook,” explained Tsironis.
The University of Maryland graduate had a brief stint as the head coach of the softball team at Roberto Clemente Middle School prior to landing at his alma mater Watkins Mill in 2007 where he was a boys’ varsity assistant basketball coach under Jay Tringone for three years.
In 2010, Tsironis landed at Seneca Valley where he spent a season as the junior varsity head coach.
Although he enjoys the popularity of his creations on social media, Tsironis still remembers his humble beginnings as a coach in Montgomery County.
“There’s nothing like coaching,” said Tsironis. “It’s fun. It’s rewarding. It’s awesome.”
Montgomery County will break in a handful of new head coaches on the gridiron this fall including Ben Minturn (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Jimmy Herbold (Wheaton). Tom Crowell is back as the head coach at Sherwood and Jason Lomax returned to Rockville where he was once an assistant coach before taking over the Springbrook football program in 2015.
Former Seneca Valley standout Dustin Jeter has been named the new head coach at Springbrook.
Jeter, who was an offensive and defensive lineman during his high school career, spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Magruder and also enjoyed a nine-year stint as an assistant coach at Blake.
Jeter is part of the Al Thomas coaching tree, having played for him at McDaniel College and Terry Changuris at Seneca Valley.
“They knew how to build young men up and teach them the value of teamwork,” said the 34-year-old.
Jeter said he looks forward to taking over a Springbrook football program that has a winning tradition but has struggled in recent years.
However, Jeter has high expectations for the program during the 2018 campaign.
“The biggest thing for me,” he said, “is we need to do right by our kids and make sure they have the opportunity to play at the next level if that’s their choice.”