May 11, 2011
Mark Fischer's departure left some big shoes to fill as the head coach of Louisa football and the Lions did not have to look very far to find the man for the job. 49 people applied for the head coaching position, but Louisa found their ideal candidate from within.
Jon Meeks will take over as the next head football coach at Louisa County High School. Meeks has been a coach with the program since 2002, starting as the JV coach. In 2003 and 2004 he served as the special teams coach and associate head coach at the varsity level, before taking over as defensive coordinator in 2005. After nearly a decade in the program, Meeks takes over the head job and replaces Fischer, who turned the program into a great success.
"I couldn't me more excited," Meeks said during his introductory news conference on Wednesday morning. "It's a great opportunity, one I've been looking forward to. When you start coaching, you want to be a head coach at some point. You don't know when it will come, and at a place like this just makes it all the more special."
Meeks' first head coaching job will come at a high school and in a town where football is the dominant topic. The Lions boast a game-night atmosphere that rivals some colleges and pack the stands for home games, while seeing a tremendous amount of fans at road games as well.
"This place makes it unreal," he added. "I don't know who else has an opportunity for their first head coaching job to be in an environment and a community and a place like this where the town shuts down for Friday night football. When we go and have an away game, we consistently out-number the opponent in terms of our fans. I think that's unique... In my lifetime of going to high school football, I haven't seen anything like this place."
Fischer departed for the head coaching position at St. James High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He had a 58-21 record at Louisa since 2004, including a state runner-up showing in 2006. This past season, the Lions rolled to a perfect 10-0 regular season and finished 11-1 after a loss in the Region II semifinals to Broad Run.
Louisa is the third Jefferson District school to hire a new head coach for the 2011 season. Monticello handed the program to Rodney Redd, after Brud Bicknell's departure for Patriot High School in northern Virginia. Eric Sherry will take over at Charlottesville for Chris Fraser, who departed for other coaching opportunities, as well.