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Sherwood finds high-profile replacement to take over football program

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Published on: Thursday, March 14, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Sherwood High School on Tuesday announced the hiring of its new head football coach.

Chris Grier, a 2000 Sherwood graduate, has been hired to take over the football program at his alma mater.

“It’s an honor,” said the 30-year-old Silver Spring resident. “It’s kind of surreal. I’m real excited. It’s something I value and to carry on the tradition of Sherwood football certainly means a lot.”

Grier, the DeMatha freshman head coach since 2011, replaces Mike Bonavia who resigned last month to accept an administrative position at Einstein.

Bonavia compiled a 15-7 record in two seasons at the helm including a 9-3 mark last year.

The Olney native began his coaching career in 2007 as the varsity offensive line coach and junior varsity head coach at Herricks High School in Long Island, New York.

He landed at DeMatha in 2010 and joined former Stags’ head coach Bill McGregor’s staff at the Hyattsville private school.

“Coach McGregor and I clicked,” said Grier. “He hired me before he retired.”

Grier, a two-year letterman at Sherwood who played offensive and defensive line for current Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy, graduated from West Virginia University in 2005 with a degree in Athletic Coaching Education. He was also an invited walk-on at West Virginia during the Rich Rodriguez era.

Grier becomes the latest Sherwood product to head up a high school football program in Montgomery County, joining a list that includes Kevin Bernot (Magruder), Pat Cilento (Bullis), Andrew Fields (Blair) and Tony Nazzaro (Blake).

He’s also the fourth head coach hired in the county this offseason and will join Fields, Joshua Klotz (Richard Montgomery) and Josh Singer (B-CC) in leading a new program next fall.

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