‘Hard decision’ to leave after six seasons atop Pats’ program
CHARLES TOWN – The only head football coach Washington High School has ever known has resigned.
Mark Hash, who has been atop the Patriots football program since the school opened and began play in 2008, stepped aside last week, citing his displeasure with the administrative aspects of the position.
“There’s lots of things you have to deal with as a head coach,” Hash said. “It takes away from the fun of the coaching side of things.”
Hash, a teacher at the school, said he plans to remain as Washington’s varsity baseball coach. He also said he will coach football in the future, though not as a head coach and not at Washington.
Washington athletic director Mark Murphy said Hash’s resignation was to be tendered to the Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday, May 12. Murphy said the job would be posted on the school district’s website beginning Tuesday, for a minimum of five business days.
Murphy said the earliest Washington could have a new football coach in place would be June 9. But he added that it appears more likely that the vacancy would be filled no earlier than June 23.
Three weeks of voluntary summer conditioning for football is scheduled to begin June 16.
It wasn’t immediately clear what would become of the rest of Washington football’s coaching staff, or if an in-house succession would materialize.
Hash built the program from scratch during six seasons at the helm, posting a 22-39 overall record and leading the Patriots to their first postseason appearance last fall.
In 2008, a first-year Washington program had no facilities and had to practice at Charles Town Middle School. Six years later, the Patriots have a new weight room and play their home games on campus on a field sporting a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface.
Last fall, Washington finished the regular season 7-3 and earned the school’s first berth in the state Class AAA football playoffs. The Patriots were ousted from the postseason following a 35-6 loss at Cabell Midland.
Hash said Jefferson County’s decision years ago to drop freshmen sports has made for a difficult road on the gridiron.
He said he pondered whether to resign for several months following the season before making his decision known last week.
“The surface hadn’t even been scratched when we started,” Hash said. “From where we started to where we are now, we are really proud. It was a hard decision. We have great kids at Washington and they do everything we ask them to do. We’ve demanded a lot of their time and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished.”