Battlefield High School head football coach Scott Girolmo will leave after his current position after this school year to become the new head football coach at Prince George County High School.
Girolmo takes over at Prince George July 1, 2021.
Girolmo will fill the opening created after Bruce Carroll was named Prince George High School’s athletic director in August. Carroll, who was Prince George’s head coach for the past 11 years, is staying on as the head coach when the season starts in February.
Girolmo said the decision to leave Battlefield for Prince George was only because of family. He had no intention of leaving Battlefield for another opportunity at this time.
Girolmo’s wife Ashton is a Prince George graduate and the niece of Prince George school board chairman Chris Johnson.
“For 10 years Prince George has been our home away from home, as we have spent countless long weekends and holidays visiting with our family here,” Girolmo said in a release. “We feel like we have always had a place in this town. … Now I am thankful that we get a chance to raise our daughter Reagan and son Will in a wonderful place, surrounded by so many sweet and special people. We are looking forward to the challenge of leading the football program and creating a unique and rewarding experience for the players, students, and the community.”
Girolmo said the Prince George Public School Board approved his hiring Oct. 15. He said he informed the Battlefield players of his decision Oct. 23.
Girolmo declined to comment on the meeting between himself and the Battlefield players, preferring to keep the conversation private.
Girolmo also declined to talk about the timing of his decision, but did say he wanted to honor his teaching contract with Prince William County Schools instead of trying to leave early and go to Prince George.
Battlefield returns most of its players from last season, including two players who have committed to Division I programs and another who has nine offers from Division I schools.
Senior linebacker Matt Binkowski planned on graduating from Battlefield in December and enrolling at James Madison University in January. But JMU is not taking early enrollees this school year. Senior cornerback Justin Bennin, who has committed to Monmouth, and junior defensive lineman/tight end Wesley Williams are also back.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Williams has offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, Liberty, Kent State, Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, William & Mary and Buffalo. Most schools are recruiting Williams on defense, but Kent State is recruiting him strictly as a tight end.
Battlefield’s football program has only had one player sign with a Power Five team since the school opened in 2004: 2017 graduate Brailyn Franklin with Penn State.
Battlefield also returns its five starting offensive linemen, both quarterbacks along with two receivers and a starting running back. On defense, the Bobcats lost three linebackers, one defensive back and one defensive lineman.
In response to the pandemic, the Virginia High School League’s Executive Committee voted to push back the start of the 2020-21 high school sports calendar to December. The winter sports season opens up Dec. 7 with basketball practice.
Under the compressed high school sports schedule, football practice begins Feb. 4. Battlefield’s six-game regular-season schedule begins Feb. 26 against visiting John Champe.
“The overarching thing for us is that we’re 100 percent ready to go,” Girolmo said. “We have a new turf field. It’s gorgeous. I can’t wait. We’re going to put a good football team on the field.”