Bob Christmas resigns at JF, accepts head coaching job at Amherst County


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    FOREST, Va. (WSET) - After a combined 14 year run as head coach at Jefferson Forest, football coach Bob Christmas is getting a change in scenery.

    The longtime coach of the Cavaliers stepped down on Monday morning, and has accepted the head coaching position at Amherst County.

    The 66-year old Christmas spent a combined 14 years, over two stints, as head coach of the Cavaliers. After a 9 year span from from 1988-1996 that included back-to-back Division 4 state championships, Christmas moved to Georgia, where his teams continued to find success. His 13-year run at North Hall High School in Gainesville, Ga earned 106 wins, and two trips to the Georgia Class AAAA semifinals. Upon returning in 2014, Christmas experienced immediate success with back-to-back 12-1 seasons, wrapping with a five year record of 39-20.

    Amherst County, meanwhile, went through a tumultuous 2018 season, after the departure of longtime head coach Cecil Phillips. Trevor Porter was hired, and resigned, in a short time. Interim coach Jeff Crews held the team together with little practice, finishing with a 1-9 record.

    This is a breaking news story. This article will be updated.

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