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Alexandria’s High School Football Coaches | John R. Duke | Alexandria Sportsman’s Club

The purpose of this [post] is to introduce you to our four High School Football Coaches. All four Coaches plan to update us on their season and describe their programs to us at the Old Dominion Boat Club (UPSTAIRS) at 7:15PM on Tuesday, 22 September; the reception begins at 6:30PM.
These are four outstanding role-models for our student-athletes and we are grateful that they will take the time to introduce themselves and a couple of their star athletes. Don’t miss Coach Marc Matthie’s (TCW) introduction to the entire Community. Boosters should be excited about this opportunity!
And while high school football is our theme for this evening, you can be sure that we will recognize others including outstanding Recreation Department kids as Athletes of the Month; this is a decade’s long tradition of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club.
Don’t forget to support our Sponsor’s for next Tuesday’s event: John O’Connor of State Farm Insurance and Fairlington Pizza, the Original Neighborhood Pizzeria. 
See you next Tuesday!
John R. Duke

Marc Matthie, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, grew up in Chantilly, VA where he was a captain of the 1996 Virginia AAA Football State Championship team, Chantilly Chargers. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration/Marketing degree from the College of William and Mary. At William and Mary, Marc was a team captain and linebacker for the 2001 Atlantic 10 Conference Champions. Following graduation, Marc coached two seasons with the College of William and Mary and the Catholic University of America before becoming a teacher and coach in the Fairfax County Public School system. Marc coached four years at Fairfax High School, helping lead the Rebel Pride to their first playoff appearance in over 10 years. The last five years, Marc has served as the defensive coordinator at Centreville High School. At Centreville High School, Marc was a part of a coaching staff that helped bring Centreville back to football glory, helping them achieve a 58-12 record, three state championship appearances and a 2013 Virginia AAA Division 6 State Championship and #13 Nationally Ranked football team in the USA Today. Marc is proud to be the new Titans Head Coach.

Coach Tony Verducci enters his ninth season as Bishop lreton’s winningest and longest tenured football coach. His achievements at BI include earning spots in the State Playoffs, most recently in 2014; and mentoring a number of BI Student-Athletes that have gone on to play college football at places like University of New Hampshire, Sacred Heart, Virginia Tech, West Point, and the Naval Academy. Coach Verducci earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy, an M.A. from Webster University, a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law and a LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center. He earned two letters as an offensive lineman on the Navy Sprint Football team and served as a volunteer coach for the Navy Varsity team during a tour of duty at the Naval Academy. He served for more than twenty years in the United States Marine corps, ten of which were as a judge advocate. Coach Verducci and his wife of 33 years, Peggy (a member of the Bishop lreton faculty), have four children: Kara (BI ’04), Meghan (BI ’07), Matthew (BI ’09) and Ryan (BI ’16). Coach Verducci looks forward to the challenge of returning his Team to the State Championship, and is proud to be included in the rich history of the City of Alexandria football.

Panos Voulgaris became head football coach at Episcopal High School in 2012. Since arriving in Alexandria, Coach Voulgaris has resurrected the football program by leading the Episcopal team to its first back-to-back winning seasons in over twenty years, including a 7-2 record in 2014. Prior to joining the Episcopal faculty, Coach Voulgaris served as head coach at the Taft School in Connecticut for four years. At Taft, Coach Voulgaris inherited a program that had lost 51 of its previous 56 games and quickly transformed the team into undefeated New England Champions in 2011. He was also elected to serve as president of the New England Football Coaches Association. A native of North Andover, Mass., Voulgaris was an assistant at Blair Academy in New Jersey before taking over the reins at Taft. Previously, he was a defensive assistant at his alma mater, Merrimack College, where he played defensive back. A summa cum laude graduate, Voulgaris is also a devoted historian and is currently in the process of completing his master’s degree from Harvard University. Coach Voulgaris is also a history teacher at EHS where he lives with his wife Shannon and son James.

Bernard Joseph joined the St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2008, and was elevated to the position of head coach in 2011. Prior to coaching at SSSAS, Coach Joseph was the Head Football Coach at his alma mater Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland where he led his team to the tough WCAC playoffs in three of his five years as Head Coach. As a player at Bishop McNamara, Coach Joseph helped his team win the 1981 WMAC championship. In 2004, he was inducted into the Bishop McNamara Hall of Fame for his play on the football field. He was also honored with the schools highest award for an alumnus, the Caritas Award for leadership and dedication to the Bishop McNamara community. Coach Joseph has collegiate coaching experience as well. After a career ending injury as a player at Virginia Tech, he became assistant defensive line coach and special team coordinator for the Hokies, winning the 1986 Peach Bowl Championship. He earned his B.S degree from Virginia Tech in 1987. He also coached the defensive line at Catholic University on the staff that turned Catholic University football into a Division III power in the mid 90’s. He is married to Rhonda Joseph and they have two children both of whom are graduates of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. Leah a junior is currently playing Volleyball at Georgia Southern University, and Terence entered his freshman year at Virginia Tech this fall.

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, founded in 1947, is a non-profit and civic organization. Our sole purposes are to support local high school athletics and to recognize the achievements of our young athletes on the field and in the classroom. The sportsman’s club membership meets at the Old Dominion Boat Club on the third Tuesday of each month, where we gather in the fellowship of others with a shared interest in promoting competitive and recreational youth activities in Alexandria. We also present an Athlete of the Month Award recognizing a student-athlete selected from one of our four high schools. At each meeting a prominent speaker is featured. All meetings also feature drinks and snacks provided by the Sportsman’s Club, as well as a community dinner following the award presentation and the speaker. Please join us in helping to recognize and support our community’s youth athletes!

– Alexandria Sportsman’s Club

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