Louisa stays in family for new head coach

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - The Louisa Lions have become a dominant force in Central Virginia High School football.  So when they were forced to have a change at head coach, their activities director decided to make the change as seamless as possible.

Louisa promoted defensive coordinator Jon Meeks to head coach on Wednesday.  Meeks played high school football at Heritage High in Lynchburg.  He then played at Hampden-Sydney College before joining LHS as an assistant in 2002.

Meeks replaces Mark Fischer, who left during the offseason to become a head coach at St. James High School in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.  During Fischer's eight year tenure, Louisa made the state championship game in 2006, and had an undefeated regular season last year.

LHS activities director Lee Downey said via telephone Wednesday that he hired Meeks because he was familiar with the program and he did not want to bring in someone new.  Also, when he talked to students around school, they all said they were hoping Coach Meeks would get the job.

Meeks added at a press conference at the school on Wednesday morning, that while he is going to keep many things the same, he will tweak some things to make the program his own.

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