King William High School head football coach Roger Brookes, left, enjoys a light moment during practice with assistant coach Randy Kelley.
...Kelley played at King William under coach Brookes, and now Kelley has a son on the team.
...Roger Brookes could have been a lawyer.
...Brookes teaches a full load of government classes and coaches at King William High.
While Central Region Group AAA schools such as Highland Springs
, Varina, L.C.
Bird, Thomas Dale, Patrick Henry and others garner most of the attention with their winning ways and tradition, Brookes
and Woodson produce successful teams year in and year out at smaller schools on the metro area periphery.
JUST OUT OF COLLEGE AND . . . : Brookes
, 57, graduated from hated county rival West Point High School in 1968, and from Bridgewater College
wanted to go to law school but didn't get in.He
took a sales job in Staunton and was having such a blast, he
turned down an offer to coach football at King William
had second thoughts, and reapplied for a teaching job at King William
told the superintendent that if the football job came open, he
wouldn't turn him down again.
"As luck would have it for me, divine providence or whatever, the coach who had taken the job instead of me resigned, and they offered the job with the understanding that I wouldn't leave after one year," Brookes
said.Brookes was the fourth football coach in four years at King William.He
adhered to the stay-longer-than-one-year agreement.This is season No.34.He's the dean of Richmond region coaches.
WINNING WAYS: "I thought we'd beat everybody right away," Brookes
said."The first three years, we won six games."
The fourth year, the Cavaliers won their last game to finish 5-4-1.Brookes
has had just two other losing seasons (1986 after a playoff loss and 1987).King William
has posted 16 consecutive winning seasons.The Cavaliers have been in the playoffs 14 of those years.Brookes'
overall record of 250-120-5 puts him in the VHSL record book.King William
won the Group A, Division 2 state championship in 2000.
"Winning brings out more kids," Brookes
"Every decade we have one," Brookes
The feeling you get when you look at them after a win or even the sorrow you feel together after a loss is something," Brookes