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PHHS Welcomes New Football Coach


Patrick Henry High School is proud to announce and welcome home Mr. Keith Braxton as the newly appointed Head Varsity Football Coach and leader of the PH Football Program.  Coach Braxton is a native of Beaverdam, Virginia and alumni of Patrick Henry High School’s Class of 1998.  Mr. Braxton attended Virginia Military Institute where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and was a three-year letterman and standout on the defensive line for the Keydets Football Team.
Coach Braxton launched his coaching career at his alma mater of VMI as a graduate coaching assistant.  In 2001, he was promoted to a full-time coaching position as the Defensive Line Coach and served in this role through 2006.  From 2006-2013, Coach Braxton was the Assistant Head Coach at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  During this time, Coach Braxton earned his Master’s Degree in Military History.  Then, in 2013, Mr. Braxton was offered the opportunity to come back to his home state of Virginia to work for Coach Latrell Scott at Virginia State University, where he served as Director of Football Operations for the Spartans for two seasons.  Most recently, Coach Braxton served as Assistant Head Coach and Director of Football Operations at Norfolk State University for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Coach Keith Braxton’s passion for the sport of football and his dedication to helping student athletes grow to reach their highest potential were compelling qualities that we were seeking for this position.  Further, Coach Braxton’s personal connections to our school’s history, tradition, and values were paramount. His addition to the existing stellar football athletic staff will continue to elevate the program and school’s commitments to our tradition of excellence.

Knowing that meeting the new coach is important to our community stakeholders, we have developed a schedule of initial events and opportunities to facilitate this process as follows:

PHHS Welcome Events for Head Varsity Football Coach Keith Braxton

Wednesday, May 10th-     Exclusive Interview with PTL Anchor, Evan Hughes-

A link to interview will be shared on the PHHS website.

6 PM Meeting with current FB Coaching Staff

(Info will be sent to coaches by Mr. Crowder)


Friday, May 12th-             All past & potential football players in grades

Flex Block Period             9th-12th are invited to meet Coach Braxton



Friday, May 12th-            All PHHS Patriots are encouraged to meet Coach Braxton

All 4 Lunches                   Coach Braxton wants to meet EVERYONE-  ALL students &

Cafeteria/Commons        staff members because he is also a PH Patriot!


Monday, May 15th-         Coach Braxton will attend spring playoff games at PHHS;

Afternoon & Evening        Followed by a PATS Meet & Greet Event & Spirit Night at

Both on campus & off        Sports Page Restaurant in Ashland

These are both great times for current, potential, and upcoming players & parents to meet our new head coach.


Thursday, June 8th-         Coach Braxton will be on hand helping!

3:30 PM                 PHHS Sports Physicals Clinic held in the PHHS Cafeteria

PHHS Cafeteria    First come, first served process

This is a convenient, cost effective (only $20) way to get your annual sports physical for all 2017-2018 sports and tryouts events PLUS meet our Athletic Trainer, Coach Garrett.


Thursday, June 8th-        All Fall Sports Tryout Meeting for Players and Parents-

7 PM- 8 PM                  (This is a required meeting for athletes and parents.)

Auditorium    &              ALL FALL SPORTS will gather in the Auditorium for a large

Various classrooms        group meeting with Principal Beth Smith, Athletic Director

Matt Crowder, PATS President Bob Brown, Athletic Trainer Chris Garrett, and



Following the large group meeting, we will hold breakout sessions by fall sport for specific team information.

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