Lake Braddock Bruins

Practice #1 2019 Season

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Staff Members:

Mike Dougherty

Position: Head Coach


Coach Mike Dougherty "Coach Doc" has been coaching high school football for over 20 years and is looking forward to his second season at the helm of the Bruin Football program. Prior to LB, Coach Doc was the head coach at W.T. Woodson High School for 3 years. During those years, the Woodson Football program was transformed into a playoff contender that produced some of the most prolific offensive statistical seasons in school history. Previously, Coach Doc spent 6 seasons as Head Coach at Stonewall Jackson High School in Prince William County and 5 seasons as Head Coach at Dominion High School in Loudoun County. Coach Doc teaches Personal Fitness at Lake Braddock. He is also the proud husband of Jennifer, and proud father of two multi-sport athletes: daughter Logan, a lacrosse player and cadet at West Point, and son Drew, a high-school junior.

High School: Monacan High (Richmond, VA)
College: Old Dominion University
Favorite NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Krista Murphy

Position: Director of Football Operations; Asst. WR Coach


Coach Murphy is excited for her second season at Lake Braddock! Prior to joining the Bruin Football staff, she worked alongside Coach Doc for 3 years as his Director of Football Operations at W.T. Woodson High School and 3 years at Stonewall Jackson High School in the same role. Previously, she has coached basketball, softball, track & field, tennis, and volleyball at schools in both the Richmond area and southwestern Virginia. She has also served as a VHSL official for basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball. Football has always been her passion. She is originally from Pocahontas, Virginia, where she earned All-District honors in four sports for the Indians and was salutatorian of her graduating class. She currently teaches Health, Physical, & Driver Education at Lake Braddock, and has one daughter, Chase.

High School: Pocahontas High (Pocahontas, VA)
College: Virginia Tech
Favorite NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

Cullen Younts

Position: Asst. Head Coach/Varsity Offensive Coordinator

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Coach Cullen is happy to be a part of the Bruin Football staff as he begins his 14th season of coaching! Before making the jump to Lake Braddock, Coach Cullen was the Offensive Coordinator at W.T. Woodson for 3 years under Coach Doc. Prior to that, he coached the offensive line for 9 seasons at Stonewall Jackson, the last 6 with Coach Doc. He also served as the Run Game Coordinator for three seasons with the Raiders. Prior to his coaching career, he was a four-year Center for coach Loren Johnson, blocking for both Chris Garrett of the CFL and Ryan Williams, the Virginia Tech standout turned second-round NFL Draft selection. Coach Cullen works in Stonewall Jackson Special Education's Severe Autism Department and enjoys spending his limited free time with his wife, Samantha and their one-year old son, Dominic.

High School: Stonewall Jackson High (Manassas, VA)
Favorite NFL Team: Washington Redskins

Jay Azzam

Position: Varsity WR Coach

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Coach Azzam is excited to continue his Lake Braddock Varsity coaching career! He previously served as Offensive Coordinator for the Freshman Bruins, JV Quarterbacks Coach at W.T. Woodson, and attended Dominion High School, where he played every non-line position. As a senior, he began assisting the offensive coordinator in coaching quarterbacks and signaling plays. After continuing in that role for 3 years, Coach spent the 2015 season with Fairfax High School as the Freshman Offensive Coodinator. 

High School: Dominion High (Sterling, VA)
College: George Mason University
Favorite Pro Team: Washington Redskins

Chris Cousins

Position: Varsity Defensive Line Asst.

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Coach Cousins is excited to begin his varsity coaching career in 2018!

High School
: Greensville County High (Emporia, VA)
College:  Virginia State University
Favorite NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys

Don Dillon

Position: Freshman Head Coach

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Coach Dillon is looking forward to year 2 at the helm of the Freshman Football program after having previously served on the girls' lacrosse staff at LBSS. A former linebacker at Wesley College & SUNY Courtland, he has previously coached football at both McLean & Lee High School. Husband to Hallie and father of five children, Coach Dillon teaches Adapted PE at LBSS. 

High School: Valley Stream South High (Long Island, NY)
College: Wesley College, SUNY Courtland
Favorite Pro Team: New York Jets

Bob Fitzpatrick

Position: Freshman Defensive Coordinator

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Coach Fitzpatrick is looking forward to again leading the Bruin Freshman Defense for the 2018 season! A 20+ year veteran of coaching football, he began his football coaching career with the Southwestern Youth Association. He has also coached as a part of Fairfax Youth Football League (FCYFL) and also with Braddock Road Youth Club, where he has served as commissioner since 2006. For the last 9 years, Coach Fitzpatrick has served on freshman football staffs at Robinson Secondary School and at McLean High School, serving as a position coach, defensive coordinator, and head coach during that time. 

High School: McLean High (McLean, VA)
College: George Mason University
Favorite Pro Team: Washington Redskins

Rich Gaul

Position: Varsity Quarterbacks Coach

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Coach Gaul is excited for year two of leading the Bruin quarterbacks for his eleventh year of coaching. He previously served on coaching staffs at J.W. Robinson and W.T. Woodson High Schools. Originally from Carroltown, PA, a small town in the Johnstown-Altoona area of Western PA, Coach Gaul is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy who has completed 3 degrees: B.S. in Sport Management (Old Dominion University), B.S. in Health & Physical Education(George Mason University), and M.S. in Athletic Administration (Ohio University). He currently serves as an Assistant Director of Student Activities at Lake Braddock Secondary School and resides in Alexandria with his football-loving wife, Barbara.

High School: Cambria Heights High (Patton, PA)
College: Old Dominion University, George Mason University, Ohio University
Favorite NFL Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Tom Heller

Position: Varsity TE Coach

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Coach Heller is excited to join the Varsity Bruin Football staff in 2018! He previously served on the JV Bruins staff, as well as four seasons on the Freshman Football staff at W.T. Woodson, the last two as Freshman Head Coach. Very active in youth sports, he has served on the Board of Directors of Fairfax Little League and coached baseball, soccer, and basketball for over 10 years at the youth level, helping to establish the culture of Positive Coaching in Fairfax Little League. Coach Heller played football at the youth level and all throughout high school for the Brookville Bees.  He is the proud father of two current FCPS high school students.

High School: Brookville High (Lynchburg, VA)
College: George Mason University
Favorite NFL Team: Washington Redskins

Charles Phillips

Position: Varsity Defensive Line Coach

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Coach Phillips is excited to get to work for his second year of coaching the Bruins' defensive line. A 20+ year coaching veteran, Coach Phillips has had the pleasure of working with several D1 athletes and several champion football teams. In the offseason, Coach Phillips also coaches wrestling. Several of his wrestlers have advanced as far as the state tournament. Coach Phillips is a former Maryland Bench Press Champion. He is a married father of 3.

High School: Theodore Roosevelt (Washington, DC)
College: Rochester/UDC
Favorite Pro Team: Washington Redskins

Brody Price

Position: Varsity WR Asst.

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Coach Price is excited to begin his coaching career at Lake Braddock! A former football and lacrosse player at Mountain View High School, he was the equipment manager at Old Dominion University during the 2014-15 season, where he also worked closely with the safeties during practice. He began coaching football in 2017 at Langley High, where he coached WRs/DBs on the freshman staff.

High School
: Mountain View High (Stafford, VA)
College:  Old Dominion University
Favorite NFL Team: New York Giants

Josh Richards

Position: Varsity Defensive Backs Coach

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High School: James W. Robinson
Favorite NFL Team: Washington Redskins

Brandon Smith

Position: JV Offensive Coordinator & Offensive Line Coach

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Coach Smith is happy to join the Freshman Bruin Football staff here at Lake Braddock! He served the last season as Offensive Coordinator for the JV Bruins. Before that, he served 3 seasons at W.T. Woodson: the first as Varsity Assistant Offensive Line Coach, the last two as Freshman Offensive Coordinator, as well as one season on the freshman football staff at Lee High School. He has coached with BRYC football since 2007 and currently serves as the Director of Recruiting and Retention. In 2013, Coach Smith was the Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the VA State Champion Northern Virginia FBU 7th Grade team in the Football University National Championship tournament. Coach Smith has worked with athletes in Fairfax County and Virginia for more than 15 years, including serving as President of Fairfax National Little League for several years and coaching baseball, basketball,soccer, and football. Coach Smith was a national finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal award in 2011 and was presented with the Champion of Character award in 2012 by Fairfax County for his approach to coaching football. Prior to his coaching career, Coach Smith played football and wrestled at Godwin High School in Richmond, VA. He, his wife Shelley, and children Nate and Hannah are looking forward to the coming season!

High School: Mills E. Godwin High (Richmond, VA)
College: George Mason University, University of Phoenix
Favorite NFL Team: Washington Redskins (HTTR)

Shane Thurston

Position: Freshman O/D Line Coach

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Coach Thurston is looking forward to continuing in his role on the Freshman Bruin Staff. He is an alum of Shenandoah University, where he played both football and club rugby. Coach Thurston is a member of the Special Education Department at LBSS, where he teaches Math 8 and Algebra.

High School: Gar-Field Senior High (Woodbridge, VA)
College: Shenandoah University, George Mason University
Favorite Pro Team: Washington Redskins

Chris Whitbourne

Position: Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Coach Whitbourne is from New York.  He teacher HPE at West Springfield Elementary School.  He serves as the teams Strength and Conditioning Coach and assistant linebackers coach.