Former Redskin Chris Cooley joins O’Connell’s football staff

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Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington announced last week that former Washington Redskin tight end Chris Cooley has joined its football staff as the offensive line and tight ends coach. He also will help head coach Colin Disch formulate offensive schemes.

Cooley spent nine years with the Redskins, during which time he earned two Pro Bowl selections. Since his retirement from professional football, he has been working on an afternoon radio show at ESPN 980. That show is about to shift to a morning slot, thus opening up Cooley's afternoon schedule to allow him to coach at the Arlington school.

According to a report in the Washington Post, Cooley was contacted about joining the O'Connell staff by Phil Anderson, another of the school's new coaches. The two met at a golf tournament last year and remained in touch.

O'Connell, which is coming off a 1-9 season, announced in December that its football team will no longer compete in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Knights will play an independent schedule during the upcoming season, similar to that of the other diocesan high schools - Paul VI Catholic in Fairfax, Bishop Ireton in Alexandria and Saint John Paul the Great Catholic in Dumfries.

Spring practice is expected to start May 16.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016