JWHS Football Coach Mark McHale Announces Retirement

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


James Wood High School football coach Mark McHale has resigned after leading the Colonels for the past four seasons. McHale, who also serves as a physical education teacher at James Wood, plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year.

McHale says, “It was a privilege to return to my alma mater four years ago to teach and lead the football program. I’ve enjoyed working with all of my players and coaches and wish them great success in the future.”

James Wood High School Principal Joe Salyer says, “I appreciate the time, effort and energy Coach McHale devoted to James Wood High School as both a P.E. teacher and our football coach. His many years of coaching experience at the high school, college and professional levels benefitted our students as he worked to teach them many valuable life lessons in the classroom and on the football field.”

James Wood High School Coordinator of Student Activities Craig Woshner says, "With his more than 40 years of coaching experience, Coach McHale brought a deep knowledge of the game to his coaching staff and players. We are deeply appreciative of the contributions Coach McHale has made to his alma mater during his four year tenure, both on the field and as a strength and physical education teacher.”

During McHale’s tenure from 2013-2016, the Colonels accumulated a record of 13-28 and made the playoffs in 2014. McHale was named the Conference 21 Coach of the Year as well as the WHAG-TV Coach of the Year following the 2014 season.

The search for McHale’s successor will begin in the coming days.