There’s a new king of the castle in Germantown.
Seneca Valley has named Justin Sickeri as the Germantown public school’s new head football coach.
“It’s a huge honor to coach at Seneca Valley,” said Sickeri, who began his coaching career at Frederick High School in 2005.
Sickeri, who spent last season at the helm of Poolesville’s football program, becomes the fourth head coach in the school’s history and takes over for longtime Seneca Valley head coach Fred Kim, who was not retained.
“Coach Kim was a tremendous coach,” said Sickeri, who spent six seasons as the offensive coordinator at Northwest, guiding the Jaguars to back-to-back state championships during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. “He did everything the right way.”
Sickeri, who led Poolesville to a 3-7 campaign last season, takes over a Seneca Valley football program that earned just two wins in 2018.
Sickeri guided Poolesville to a 10-7 victory over Seneca Valley last season, marking the first time the Falcons had ever beaten the 12-time Maryland state champions. Poolesville rallied from a halftime deficit to capture the win.
The Screamin’ Eagles’ new head coach has already assembling a coaching staff that includes Scott Pierce (defensive coordinator), Reggie Cross (special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach) and Tyler Ambush (strength coach/wide receivers coach) and said he looks forward to leading one of Maryland’s most-storied high school football programs.
“It was an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up,” said Sickeri.
GOOD COUNSEL AD SET TO RETIRE
Pat Bates is calling it a career.
The longtime Good Counsel employee has announced his retirement as athletic director after working more than four decades at the Montgomery County private school. Good Counsel has achieved success, with 49 WCAC championships under the leadership of Bates.
“In many ways, Pat truly exemplifies the Xaverian value of simplicity,” said Good Counsel principal Tom Campbell. “Throughout his career, his sole focus has been how he can best serve the students of Good Counsel. Pat is Blue and Gold through and through. His influence on who we are as a school community will remain for generations.”
During his career, Bates also served as a teacher and principal at Good Counsel but assumed the role of athletic director in 1982, then again in 2008.
“Working at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School has been a blessing for me for 45 years,” said Bates. “Over that time, I was fortunate to have served the community in many different roles so that I always stayed fresh with new challenges. What has made Good Counsel special for me is the dedication of the faculty and staff. Interacting with my co-workers and the students each day is what I will miss the most in retirement.”
As a key member of the Good Counsel administration during the 1990s, Bates helped lead the effort to certify Good Counsel as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, a two-year college preparatory course of studies. Thanks to his leadership in establishing the program, Good Counsel now offers IB courses in 33 subjects.
“Pat Bates has devoted his working life to Good Counsel,” said Good Counsel president Paul Barker. “He started doing odd jobs for the Xaverian Brothers even before he began high school. As a student of the Class of 1970, Pat won our highest student honor, the Brother Mark Award. I am inspired by the breadth of service he has given our school as teacher, coach, mentor, athletic director, and principal. Good Counsel will not see such a Renaissance man again.”
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