(May 15, 2015) – Earlier this week at the Loudoun County School Board meeting, John Champe High School boys basketball coach Kip Shallis was approved as the new head boys basketball coach at Briar Woods High School.
Shallis comes to Briar Woods after serving as head coach at John Champe High School since the opening of the school in 2012. During his two years at Champe the Knights transitioned from a 1-20 team into a 11-12 team, winning the program’s first ever playoff victory. Coach Shallis also spent 10 years as a member of the Potomac Falls basketball staff where he was an integral part of back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011.
A graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, he has been teaching in Loudoun County Public Schools for 12 years. He currently serves as physical education and health teacher at Briar Woods High School.
Briar Woods Athletic Director Jerry Carter stated in a release that, “Coach Shallis brings a great background to this position. He has coached on different levels and has a great understanding of the game. His intensity, passion, and vision will establish a solid foundation for the Falcons program for years to come.”
Shallis on the new position: “I am extremely excited to help create an environment at Briar Woods where the basketball program competes for the district championship on a yearly basis.
And Shallis also commented on the importance of being able to coach in the school he teaches in, “ I have never coached basketball in the school that I taught in; being able to serve as the teacher and the coach will allow me to strengthen my bond with the player/coach relationship.”
Shallis believes in a family atmosphere and his family, wife Julie and three sons, Kamden 9, Kody 4, and Kort 1, will be the Falcon’s biggest fans moving forward!