Ryan Smith is returning to Prince William County as a head football coach.
After a year serving as Oakton’s head coach, Smith will take over at Osbourn Park. A Gar-Field graduate, Smith was Brentsville High School’s head coach for four seasons before spending one season at Potomac on Keith King’s staff.
Smith said the biggest reason for leaving was the one-plus drive to the school from his home in Woodbridge. Smith said he factored in the distance when he accepted the Oakton job, but it took more of a toll on him than he realized. He will only have a 10-minute drive to Osbourn Park.
At Brentsville, Smith went 19-26, including 17-8 in the last two seasons. Smith led the Class 3 Tigers to their best regular-season in the program’s history with a 10-3 mark in 2016.
Smith was offered the Potomac head job last year after King retired. But Smith instead accepted the Oakton position. The Cougars went 0-10 in his one year at the Fairfax County school.
Oakton plays in the Concorde District, one the most competitive in Virginia. The district also includes Westfield, which had won 37 straight games before losing to Freedom in the state semifinals, Centreville and Madison. Madison lost to Westfield in the region final.
“I thought it was a better situation,” Smith said of passing up the Potomac job for Oakton. “I wanted to get into that district and see what I believe is the highest level of football in the state.”
Smith said he knew Oakton was a rebuilding job when he took the position, but said the team’s finish was not the driving factor in his decision to seek opportunities elsewhere.
By taking over at Osbourn Park, Smith will have the chance to bring in much of staff who worked with him at Brentsville.
“I factored that in,” Smith said of going to OP since most of his assistants live nearby in the Haymarket/Gainesville area.
Smith replaces Dan Evans, who stepped down in early November. In four seasons, Evans went 6-34 with the Yellow Jackets. In 2018, Osbourn Park finished 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the Cedar Run District.