Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:23 AM
Published on: Friday, April 05, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
The DeMatha football program has suffered a loss off the field.
Chris Grier, the DeMatha freshman head coach since 2011, has left the Hyattsville private school to become the new varsity head coach at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County.
Grier, 30, replaces Mike Bonavia, who resigned 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.
“It’s an honor,” said Grier, who graduated from the Sandy Spring public school in 2000. “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.”
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, N.Y.
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,” Grier said. “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 has fond memories of his brief stint coaching football in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and said he learned from the entire DeMatha coaching staff, including varsity head coach Elijah Brooks.
“The coaching in the WCAC is very good,” he said.
Grier, who holds a master’s degree in physical education from Hofstra University, said his experiences at DeMatha will be beneficial to him in his new position.
“I’ve been around some great coaches, some great programs,” he said. “I’m very excited to put all that knowledge to use and carry on the tradition of Sherwood football.”