Charlottesville head football position opens up

For the second time in three years, Charlottesville High is searching for a new football coach.

“Our head football position is open and (head coach Chris Fraser) will not return. At this point, he is exploring other options,” Charlottesville athletic director Rick Lilly said in an email early Thursday morning.

Chris Fraser has apparently decided to look into other coaching opportunities after a roller coaster three seasons at the helm of the Black Knights’ program. Fraser took over a squad that went 2-8 in 2007 and went 5-25 over the last three years. Four of those wins came during a 4-6 campaign in 2009, a season that ended with a 1-4 slide that started with being on the wrong end of a fourth quarter comeback by Region II semifinalist Western Albemarle.

Fraser faced a tough out-of-district schedule in his three seasons at CHS, facing off against Amherst and Harrisonburg his first year, then R.E. Lee-Staunton and James Monroe his final two years. Charlottesville also started a slew of young players in the winless 2010 campaign, with a sophomore at quarterback in Benj Wilhelm and a freshman at running back in Chris Thurston, not to mention a freshman at center, Wade Kammauff. Daniel Intolubbe-Chmil was one of the few seniors that contributed for the Black Knights.

That should bode well for whoever takes over the position from Fraser.