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Crist’s stint as Wildcats’ head football coach over

Steve Crist

Steven Crist will not return as the head football coach at Warren County High School next season, according to school athletic director Ed Dike.

Dike said Thursday evening that Crist’s stint as the Wildcats’ head coach has come to an end about a month and a half after Crist completed his third season at the position, adding that the Warren County football program “wasn’t heading in the right direction.”

“We decided to go in a different direction,” Dike said.

A vacancy for the position of head football coach at Warren County was posted on the Virginia High School League’s website on Dec. 14.

Crist, who had served as an assistant at Warren County under former head coach Tony Tallent before spending a season as the head coach at Manassas Park in 2013, returned to coach the Wildcats in 2014. Warren County went 9-22 under Crist and did not record a winning season in that span.

The Wildcats went 3-7 this past season and failed to make the playoffs for the second straight year. Prior to 2015, Warren County had reached the postseason in five consecutive years.

Dike said he has been accepting resumes for about the last two weeks and added that interviews with candidates will begin after Christmas.

Crist will remain as a teacher at Warren County High School, Dike said.

Warren County joins Stonewall Jackson High School on the list of local schools seeking new head football coaches. Stonewall AD Todd Fannin announced earlier this month that Jay Goode had resigned from his post after two seasons with the Generals.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com.