Bishop Ireton appoints new varsity football coach

Bishop Ireton appoints new varsity football coach

By Alexa Epitropoulos |

After a disappointing 2017 football season, Bishop Ireton High School has appointed a new head varsity football coach for the 2018 season.

The school announced in a newsletter on Dec. 1 that Charles “Chip” Armstrong would assume all head coaching duties effective immediately. The Bishop Ireton varsity football team ended their latest season with a 0-10 record.

Armstrong is a familiar face for longtime Cardinals fans. He started as a football coach at BI in 1985 and served as head coach for the Cardinals’ varsity football team in 1991, where he led several winning seasons. The team ended their 1992 season with a 9-2 record and finished 8-3 in 1993, following BI’s entrance into the then-newly-formed Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The same year, BI won the WCAC Division II Championship title. 

Armstrong left the school in 1994 to work for Bishop McNamara, where he served as science teacher, head football coach and athletic director. he also worked for Mt. St. Joseph’s High School in Baltimore. 

He returned to Bishop Ireton in 2016 to teach chemistry and has served as defensive coordinator for the Cardinals.

He previously received the WCAC Coach of the Year award in 1993 and 1996 and the Alexandria Sportsman Club Coach of the Year award in 1993. 

BI Athletic Director Bill Simmons, meanwhile, will retire from his position at the end of the year. Bishop Ireton said in the newsletter that a third-party agency is coordinating the hiring process for Simmons’ replacement and that no timeline for his replacement’s hiring was available at this time.