, 2014

LHS football coach
Fred Birchett resigns

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Fred Birchett has resigned after five years as head football coach at Lancaster High School.

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Fred Birchett
Birchett resigned November 15, announcing it through an email to the media and other coaches.

Birchett, who came to Lancaster from New Kent in July 2008, will remain as the school’s athletic director, physical education teacher and driver’s education instructor.

“I would like to thank everyone for everything you have done for the football program,” stated Birchett in his email.

Birchett has taken the Red Devils to post-season play three times. Lancaster captured a share of the Northern Neck District title in 2010 for the first time since 1998. That same year, Birchett was named a Redskins High School Coach of the Week, a program designed by the Washington Redskins to recognize and reward excellence in high school football coaching.

He has coached football for 29 years, 20 of those at the Bay Rivers District’s New Kent High School.

During his career he has received numerous coaching awards including the Virginia High School Coaches Association State Football Coach of the Year (1997), Coach of the Year, Touchdown Club of Richmond (1997, 1999 and 2001) and the Virginia High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year-East (2003).

Lancaster advanced to the first round of the Eastern Section, Division 1 playoffs this season where they lost to Colonial Beach to end the year at 5-6 overall. Birchett went 33-21 during his tenure at LHS and has won 179 games in his career.

A decision about Birchett’s replacement has not been made.

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