~ PVN staff report
SHENANDOAH, April 29 — On Friday, Page County High School Athletic Director Bill Simmons announced the hiring of James May as the new head football coach and Matt Sherfey as assistant coach for the 2022-23 football season.
Coach May is entering his 12th year on the staff of PCHS football, with more than 20 years of football coaching experience in Page County.
Sherfey has coached at various levels in Page County for the last 20 years.
“As former graduates of PCHS, both of these coaches are full of passion for Panthers athletics, but especially Panthers football,” Simmons stated in a press release. “We are excited for the future of our football program and welcome them both in their new roles.”
On March 7, Simmons released a letter announcing the resignation of the former football coach, Joey Soltis, who improved the program over his nine-year tenure.
“At this time it is being recognized that after meeting today with his players, Coach Joey Soltis has formally resigned as head football and wrestling coach. Coach Soltis has been given the opportunity to take a different direction in his career and also focus more greatly on his family,” the letter reads.
Simmons noted that Soltis left coaching after 31 combined years at the high school and collegiate levels.
“Not only had he coached football at Page County for the last nine years, including 15 wins in the last three years and winning the Luray-Page rivalry in the spring of 2021, but he also started our wrestling program in 2017,” the letter reads. “He has made innumerable impacts on student-athletes for over three decades and his presence in this building will be extremely missed. Page County Athletics is deeply grateful to Coach Soltis and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
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