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Whittingham named Dragon football coach

South Boston News / April 25, 2018

Park View High School has selected 1983 PV graduate Tony Whittingham Jr. as the Dragons’ head football coach beginning with the 2018 fall season.

Whittingham’s football career began at Park View where his accolades included being named team MVP for his senior season and earning a spot on the All-State team that year as well. After graduating high school Whittingham attended Virginia State University on a full scholarship.

“I was so fortunate for the opportunity to get an education,” said Whittingham of his collegiate experience. “My mother told me [at the time] that I had two options; get a scholarship or join the military.

“I wasn’t too interested in the military,” he added, “so I’m very thankful for the opportunity football gave me.”

During his high school years, Whittingham played on both the offensive and defensive lines. In college playing for VSU, he moved to wing back and slot receiver.

He graduated in 1987 with a degree in public administration and began a career in government service in various capacities at both the state and federal levels. His work took him to many places in the United States including stints in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver, Chicago as well as others.

His governmental career ended as he was serving as assistant to the commissioner of Social Services for Virginia. During a routine evaluation, he was told by a superior that he had an aptitude for human services. After continuing his public sector career for a few years, he and his wife started their own human services business in the Richmond area.

When asked about his goals for the season, Whittingham said he wants to build on the success of his predecessor, outgoing head coach Kelvin Hutcheson. “Coach Hutcheson has established a tremendous foundation here with the program, the past five years things have gone very well. I want to give back some of the knowledge I’ve acquired coaching in the Richmond area to my home school.

“One of the things I really want to work on is accountability for these young men,” added Whittingham. “I want the to really appreciate the privilege of playing football and with that privilege comes accountability. I want them to be accountable to one another.

“If they can play for the man next to them, for their families, for the program, playing for themselves comes easily.”

Whittingham also plans to stress the importance of spiritual balance among his players. “As a born-again Christian I want them to understand that to Him goes the Glory.”

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