Paul VI names new football coach

Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax has hired Nick Metrokotsas as its new varsity football coach.

"Following an extensive search of over 50 applicants we have found an educator who stands for the principles of faith, academics, respect, integrity and has a reputation for developing a winning football program," said Paul VI Principal Virginia Colwell.

Metrokotsas, or "Coach Metro" as he is more commonly known, brings nearly 40 years of experience coaching high school and college football in New Jersey. He built or rebuilt programs at St. Peter's Prep, St. John Vianney High School and Morris Catholic High School compiling an overall record of 131-90-4.

A three-time "Coach of the Year," Metrokotsas has led his former teams to two state championships and had an impressive run of seven playoff appearances in nine seasons from the late 90s into the 2000s.

Referred to as one of the finest offensive line coaches in the country by College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, Metrokotsas has authored three football coaching books, placed over 60 percent of his graduates in college football programs and produced four NFL players.

"Coach Metro's experience in Catholic schools, rebuilding programs and helping student-athletes reach the next levels in life make him a perfect fit at PVI," said incoming athletic director Billy Emerson.

Upon receiving Middlesex County (NJ) Coach of the Year honors, The Star Ledger wrote: "Nick Metrokotsas is a 'Builder of Programs,' known for getting more out of his players than is expected...a powerful motivator and communicator, able to increase participation in his program from players, parents, faculty, administrators, support groups, and youth coaches. He is truly a complete football program manager."

The Metro File

• Played college football at the U.S. Naval Academy

• Played professional football in the ACFL for the Baltimore Colts Affiliate

• 25 years as a high school varsity head coach

• College coach at Upsala College and Farleigh Dickinson University

• Nationally recognized author and speaker

• Innovator of Sling-Shot T Offense, The Ballhawk Defense and the P.R.I.D.E. Program

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