(Jan. 16, 2014) – The Loudoun County High School Athletic Department announced Thursday that Volleyball Head Coach Jenica Brown has resigned after 12 years at the helm of the Raiders to spend more time with family. Brown took the Raiders from the bottom half of the Northwestern District (prior to 2004) to a state record, 6 state championships in the past 7 years.
Brown’s brother Jarod, an assistant coach, also resigned to spend more time with his young family.
The Raiders have gone an unprecedented 222-11 in the past 8 years, winning 8 Dulles District or Tournament Championships, 8 Region Championships, 6 State Championships and 1 State Runner up. Coach has sent over 25 players on to play college volleyball and several of them have become coaches back here in LCPS. Brown will continue to teach PE at Sycolin Creek Elementary school.
“We at Loudoun County HS, can’t thank Jenica Brown enough for all that she has meant to the volleyball program and the community,” said Raider AD Ken Wright. “As a devoted mother, she is stepping down to spend more time with her family. We understand the decision, but are extremely saddened to see her go. I personally have lost not only a great coach and mentor, but I will miss her friendship and our talks about life as much as anything. Jenica is just the best….and we know that the next chapter of her life will be filled with whatever she chooses for her and her family.”
Jenica’s younger brother, Jarod, has served as the Asst. Varsity Coach since 2006, including a stint as the interim Head Coach in 2009 when Jenica was out with the birth of her son, Brady. For his efforts in 2009, he was named the VHSCA AA State Coach of the Year.
Wright: “It is no coincidence that the run of excellence began when Jarod and Jenica teamed up to coach the Raiders. Jarod is the father of two young children, and he also looks forward to spending more time with his family.”
Jarod will continue to teach Math at LCHS and will be active in the out of school life of his students as the Senior Class sponsor and working at various events.
“While Jenica was the public face of Raiders Volleyball, Jarod was behind the scenes working the “nuts and bolts”,” said Wright. “The two of them made an unbeatable combination. We wish Jarod the best and we know he looks forward to being ‘dad’ to Della and Wilson.”
As per LCPS and State hiring guidelines, the position will be posted for anyone interested in the coming days. Interested candidates can contact the athletic dept. at LCHS. “
Wright: “We look to continue the excellence that Jenica and Jarod started and maintained. You don’t replace people of their caliber, but we will do our best to hire the best candidate we can for LCHS.”
Jarod and Jenica would like to say thank you to Loudoun County community for all their help and support.
“Thank you to Mr. Oblas and the administration for helping to get the whole school behind us. Thank you to Ken, Adam, and all the athletic directors who supported our philosophies and allowing us to run the program successfully. Thank you to the Raider Riot for always packing the gym and helping to make the opponent feel uncomfortable. Thank you to the Raider community who followed us and supported us over the years because you enjoyed watching great volleyball. Thank you to all the families of our players for supporting the girls and us as coaches. Thank you to all the players who gave so much time and energy to us so that we could learn from them as much as they did from us. They are truly fantastic young ladies, and they are the main reason we were so successful. Thank you to our families for supporting us and allowing us to give so much time and energy to the volleyball program. Thank you especially to John Brown (Dad) for teaching us how to live! We wish the future of the Raider Program the best of luck, and we look forward to watching the tradition continue.“