Jake Hess, at 31, brings a wealth of football experience to his new role as John Battle High School's head coach, transitioning from a successful quarterback to a wide receiver in college before serving as an assistant coach for four seasons. He takes over from Bradley Ricker, aiming to continue the growth he witnessed in the players. Despite the challenge of matching the physicality of top teams, Hess emphasizes teamwork and commitment.

By the Numbers
  • Jake Hess threw for over 2,000 yards as a senior in 2010.
  • John Battle High School went 3-7 in the previous season.
Yes, But

The history of Battle's football program shows a struggle for consistent success, with only 11 winning seasons out of 65.

State of Play
  • Hess aims to instill a sense of pride and enjoyment in the John Battle community with a renewed football program.
  • He will face his alma mater, Abingdon, in his head-coaching debut in August.
  • VHSL football practice kicks off on August 1 for the upcoming season.
What's Next

Hess looks forward to leading the Trojans to success, leveraging his passion for football and commitment to player development.

Bottom Line

Jake Hess's appointment as head coach at John Battle High School signifies a new chapter for the football program, with a focus on teamwork, growth, and community pride under his leadership.