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Sports · April 10, 2015

Kettle Run football coach leaving for Monticello

Jeff Lloyd coached Kettle Run to a pair of state semifinal appearances against James Monroe.
Lloyd with David Eldridge, who earned a scholarship to the University of Virginia.
When we hired Jeff, he told us he wanted to be the guy to help build the football program into something we can be proud of. So when Jeff confirmed to me he was leaving, it was a bittersweet moment. I’m sad and disappointed but happy for him and his family at the same time.
— Kettle Run Principal Major Warner
Jeff Lloyd
Age: 47

Home: Bealeton

Position: Kettle Run High School history teacher, head football coach.

Record: 127-70 overall in 16 seasons; 81-33 at Manassas Park H.S., 1998-2007; 46-37 at Kettle Run H.S., 2008-present.

Achievements: 2014 Group 3A Conference 27 coach of the year; 2012, 2013 Group AA Region II Division 3 coach of the year; 2005 Washington Post All-Met coach of the year; 2004 Group A, Division 2 state champion.

Family: Wife, Tonya; daughters, Ashley (21), Megan and Kimberly (18); son, Trent (13).

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Shenandoah University, 1991; Stonewall Jackson High School, 1986.
After building a new football program into a playoff-caliber team, Jeff Lloyd will leave Kettle Run for a similar situation in Albemarle County.

Administrators Monday afternoon will introduce Lloyd as the coach at Monticello High School south of Charlottesville.

He came from Manassas Park to start the football program at Kettle Run in 2008.

After getting pounded the first couple of seasons, the young Cougars grew bigger, faster and better.

Lloyd posted a 46-37 record at Kettle Run and coached the team to state semifinal games in 2011 and 2012.

“It was the right time,” he said Friday afternoon. “My wife Tonya lost her grandmother in January and she left us her house and 21 acres of land” in Albemarle County.

His twin daughters will graduate next month from Kettle Run and will attend Piedmont Community College near Charlottesville for a year before going to a four-year college.

The coach will replace Jeff Woody, who will move to E.C. Glass in Lynchburg after two seasons with the Mustangs.

Lloyd will earn approximately $67,000 a year as a teacher and head football coach in Albemarle.

Kettle Run Principal Major Warner hired Lloyd four years after his Manassas Park team won a Group A, Division II state title.

“When we hired Jeff, he told us he wanted to be the guy to help build the football program into something we can be proud of,” Warner said Friday. “So when Jeff confirmed to me he was leaving, it was a bittersweet moment.

“I’m sad and disappointed but happy for him and his family at the same time.”

Lloyd two weeks ago told the principal about the unique opportunity he and his family faced.

Things moved quickly after last week’s spring break.

Activities Director Paul Frye “and I have had discussions with Jeff about the timeline” to announce his planned departure, Warner said.

Friday’s announcement surprised many.

A 1991 Shenandoah University graduate, Lloyd began his teaching and coaching career at Manassas Park, where he posted an 81-33 record.

He will begin his 23rd year as a teacher in the fall and his 18th as head coach.

He also has served as a head baseball coach at Manassas Park and four years as that school’s athletic director.

Frye lured him away from the neighboring school to build another championship-caliber team.

He came close in 2012 but never gave KRHS the trophy it wanted.

The first year under Lloyd, the Cougars didn’t win a game and lost most by 50 points or more.

But team members eventually bought into his system. Work in the weight room and on the practice field translated to victories.

Winning three games the second year and four in 2010, Lloyd’s first post-season team took the field in 2011.

That squad, led by junior running back Josh Tapscott won 13 consecutive games before losing 14-7, to archrival James Monroe in a Group AA, Region II state semifinal.

The 2012 season had similar results and ultimate outcome.

The Cougars went 12-3, losing to Monroe again in the state semis, 37-30.

Tapscott became Lloyd’s first Kettle Run player to earn a NCAA Division I scholarship, at the University of Wyoming.

Lloyd’s teams posted 14 combined wins the past two seasons but continued making the playoffs.

A state quarterfinal loss to Monroe, 6-3, in 2013 and a 46-38 overtime heartbreaker to Petersburg last fall rounded out Lloyd’s Kettle Run career.

Coach Woody gave Brookville two back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012 before going to Monticello.

Ironically, Coach Woody’s teams beat James Monroe both years for the state title.

At Monticello, Woody continued playoff success, guiding the Mustangs to a 19-5 record and two 3A West state quarterfinal losses.

“This will be the first time in my career where I haven’t had to come in a fix a program or start one,” Lloyd said. “I don’t know if it’s easier to take over a program that has a winning tradition but I’d like to find out.”

Eleven seniors leave the Monticello program via graduation next month.

Kettle Run loses 24 seniors and the Cougars return 28 players with varsity experience for the 2015 season.

Lloyd’s first Mustangs team will have a nucleus of 29 players with varsity experience – about the same if he stayed at Kettle Run this fall.

At Kettle Run, Lloyd coached another blue chip athlete in David Eldridge, who will play at the University of Virginia in the fall. His players also have gone to smaller college programs.

“We don’t have the luxury Fauquier had, knowing they needed a new coach first semester,” Warner said of filling the Kettle Run job. “Mr. Frye and I will screen applicants and form a committee to pick our new coach. We hope it doesn’t take long.”

Frye said he expects several assistant coaches in the program may apply as well as coaches in the county and elsewhere.

“I don’t know if we’ll have a candidate who already has head coaching experience or is currently a head coach because they are already working hard getting ready for next year,” Warner added.
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