Warhill High is searching for a new head football coach. The search marks the third time the school will fill the position this year.
Obie Boykin, who served as interim coach for the 2013 season, said that he did not resign but was told by school administration shortly after Thanksgiving that the head coaching position would be reopened. Boykin said that he is not currently working with the football players and that assistant coach Kenaan Canady is supervising weight-lifting and conditioning.
The Warhill head coaching position is currently listed among the job openings on the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools website. According to the post, the new coach will begin on Aug. 1, 2014 at a stipend of $5,000.
Boykin, a former Warhill assistant coach, was named interim head coach July 16: the program's third head coach since late-March. Billy Jarvis resigned in late-March after five seasons at Warhill to become the head coach at Middlesex High. Jarvis was replaced in June by Bryan Davis.
Davis, who resigned as coach at Topsail High near Wilmington, N.C. to take the Warhill job, resigned as the Lions coach on July 2 when he incurred unexpected difficulties getting a teaching license in Virginia. Davis is licensed to teach in North Carolina and returned to teach at Topsail, but became an assistant coach at a nearby school.
The Lions finished 2-8 under Boykin, whose challenges included the late start as head coach and playing most of the second half of the season without Daily Press Offensive Player of the Year Devonte Dedmon. Dedmon, a William and Mary recruit, hurt his knee in the sixth game and did not return until late in the season finale, when he rallied the Lions to victory over New Kent.
Boykin, a special education aid and former art teacher at Warhill, said that he will focus on getting his teaching license and is not sure whether he will apply for the head coaching opening. He says that he enjoyed the season as interim coach and the previous four seasons as an assistant.
“It’s been a great five years up to this point and it’s been awesome working with the kids at Warhill,” Boykin said. “I’ve been a part of every win in program history.
“I had a great coaching staff to work with this season – Todd Seymour, Joe Berkley, Skip Kornish, Tim Caffey and Kenaan Canady – and I want to thank them.”
Warhill athletic director Dan Mullen could not immediately be reached for comment.