(Dec. 11, 2013) – Rock Ridge High School, which opens next year in the Loudoun Valley Estates section of Ashburn has named it first three coaches with Tony Tallent (football), Brian Schmidt (cross country) and Thomas Heberer (golf) starting programs next fall.
Schmidt has been a head coach for 15 years and helped open Dominion High School and establish a quality cross country program. During his tenure at Dominion he has coached 6 first team all-state runners and 8 first team all-region runners. In 2013 his boys team was region runner up and 5th in the state. Also, his programs at Dominion have advanced at least one team to the region cross country meet 9 out of 11 years. Schmidt is also actively involved in the running circuit and competes on a regular basis.
Tallent comes to Rock Ridge from Warren County High School where he has served as the head coach since 2007. In his time at Warren County the football program qualified for the playoffs for the last four years which marked the programs first ever appearances in the modern era. He was named the Division 3 coach of the year in the Evergreen District in 2010 and 2012 and was named TV3 Winchester Area Coach of the Year in 2010. Prior to Warren County, Tallent was an assistant coach at James Madison University where he was on the staff that won the 2004 National Championship. Tallent started his career with Harrisonburg High School and spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach and was a part of the 2001 state championship team. Tallent is a special education teacher and will also work with the students of our community in that role.
Heberer is currently an assistant coach at Heritage for the wrestling and lacrosse programs and the ISR teacher at Harper Park Middle School. Heberer has worked as an assistant golf professional at Raspberry Falls, an instructor for the Raspberry Golf Academy, and as a golf coach at Christ Chapel Academy.