By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Jan. 20 — Former Luray High School head football coach Nolan Jeffries says that he left the helm of the Bulldogs after a 9-3 season in order to focus more on advancing his career to an administrative level within Page County Public Schools.
“I decided to step down to pursue other opportunities within Page County Public Schools,” Jeffries told PVN. “I also have a son that will be entering the 8th grade next year, and I am looking forward to cheering him on from the stands as he begins his high school career.”
Jeffries coached within the LHS football program for 20 seasons, serving the last seven seasons as head coach. He began coaching in 2002 after he finished up a four-year collegiate career as a standout linebacker for Lou Wacker’s Wasps of Emory and Henry College. During his freshman season, he was named Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in the Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Prior to his collegiate career, Jeffries played linebacker and running back for the Bulldogs and graduated in 1998.
Jeffries won two-thirds of his games as head football coach for the Bulldogs since 2016, posting a 50-25 record (.667 winning percentage). He says he leaves behind a lot of good relationships, and a lot of good memories.
“I really enjoyed coaching at Luray High School,” the former football coach said. “The relationships that I have built with players, coaches, parents, and administrators have been priceless. We enjoyed our share of success and hopefully it will be something that everyone involved in the program can look back on and be proud of.”
In recent years, Jeffries has split time as a physical education teacher between Luray Middle School and Luray High School. Late last year he began being listed as an “interim assistant principal” for LMS, serving under Principal Heather Foltz, in order to help with discipline issues and other administrative responsibilities. The longtime football coach has been working toward this goal for some time.
“I have had my administrative degree for the last seven years, and I plan to pursue a job in that field,” Jeffries told PVN about life after football.
At the start of this school year, Jeffries began splitting his time at LHS and LMS, but just a few weeks into the school calendar Jeffries was named the Dean of Students for Luray Elementary School. He continues to split time at LHS, where he continues to teach physical education as well.