Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) football coach Stan Sexton, who has won three consecutive Virginia Division 5 state titles, has been replaced on an interim basis by one of his assistants.
Anne Stephens-Cherry, a spokesman for Hampton City schools, said in an email that "effective today (Sept. 26), Jeremy Blunt has been named acting head coach for the Phoebus Phantoms Varsity Football Team. Blunt is the team's former defensive coordinator."
Citing personnel matters, Stevens declined further comment. Sexton, reached by phone, also declined comment. Phoebus has won four consecutive state titles, but Sexton has only been the head coach for the past three.
Blunt is a 2002 Phoebus graduate who played for the Phantoms' 2001 championship team. He is in his first year as defensive coordinator but in his fourth as a member of the coaching staff. Like Sexton and Stephens, he wouldn't discuss the situation. Phoebus (3-0) plays 3-1 Bethel (Hampton) Friday night.
"Right now, it's (about) regaining their focus and understanding what's important and what's at stake," Blunt told the Daily Press. "We have to help them understant the situation that's at hand now is jus all (about) re-establishing the team. If we can do that, we'll be fine on Friday."