Stonewall tabs former Hokie as head football coach

Stonewall Jackson High School has hired former Virginia Tech standout Loren Johnson as its new head football coach. Johnson will be formally introduced this afternoon at the school.

The 25-year-old Johnson, who has no head coaching experience, is currently at Group A Glenvar High School in Salem, where he was the defensive coordinator for the school’s football team last season.

“He’s impressive,” Stonewall Jackson High School activities director Ira DeGrood said.

Born in Miami, Fla., Johnson played his high school football at Miramar High School in Miramar, Fla. He then played at Virginia Tech from 1995 to 1998. In his last season as a Hokie, he was an all-Big East Conference selection at defensive back.

Johnson replaces Jim Powell, whose contract was not renewed after the 2002 season. Powell was the Raiders’ head coach for 26 seasons, posting a 137-120-4 record with nine playoff appearances and four district titles. In 2002, Stonewall recorded its only winless season in Powell’s tenure, finishing 0-10.

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