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DeMatha Football To Hire Elijah Brooks As New Head Coach, According To Report

It looks like DeMatha football will replace longtime coach Bill McGregor with someone the program knows well already. Elijah Brooks, the team's assistant coach under McGregor, will be promoted to the head coaching job, according to Josh Barr of the Washington Post. Brooks is a 2002 graduate of DeMatha and will become one of the youngest head coaches in the area.

This may be seen as somewhat of a surprise decision by the school, but as Barr notes, it is consistent with what they did in basketball, when they promoted assistant Mike Jones to take over for legend Morgan Wootten in 2002. That decision has ultimately worked out, so they decided to employ a similar one in football. Defensive coordinator Deno Campbell will stay aboard, and the school will hire former Carroll coach Tim Breslin, a longtime DeMatha assistant before leaving, to be the offensive coordinator. The hope is that having two experienced coordinators will lessen Brooks' burden.

McGregor retired after 29 seasons in late March order to pursue a business opportunity.