Broadway football head coach Brad Lutz leaving school for William Byrd

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BROADWAY, Va. (WHSV) -- After ten years as the head coach and 12 total years at Broadway High School, Brad Lutz has accepted the same position at William Byrd High School in Roanoke.

"It's been a tremendous honor and a blessing, not only for myself, but for our entire family, to be involved in the Broadway community, but more specifically in the Broadway football family," Lutz told WHSV. "It's a bittersweet day for us. Exciting, but obviously a day that has a little bit of a cloud over it."

"We certainly appreciate all of his contributions to the Broadway community," Broadway Athletic Director Ryan Ritter said. "Not only the championships that he brought to us but also what he taught the young men at Broadway from respect to how to win and lose with class but also the life lessons that can be taught through the game of football."

William Byrd Principal Tammy Newcomb announced Lutz as the Terriers' new coach just after 4 p.m. this afternoon.

“I am thrilled that we have a coach of such high caliber who will continue the tradition of excellence here at William Byrd,” Newcomb said in a press release. “I’m also very proud of Coach Lutz’ dedication recognizing veterans and to helping our student-athletes become leaders in their community."

Lutz helped the Gobblers reach the regional playoffs three times. They won the Region 3 title in 2011. Lutz was named the Valley District Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2014.

"It was an awesome experience to be a part of three district championships and regional championship, and those things are important to me and that we've worked really hard for as a program," Lutz said. "But that's not what coaching is about. Coaching is about building relationships, building young men into great leaders."

During his time at Broadway, Lutz made a point to recognize the service of veterans, holding a special military appreciation game at the end of every season.

Lutz will take over for long-time William Byrd head coach Jeff Highfill, who is retiring.

"We wish him luck at William Byrd," Ritter said. "And we look forward to seeing who our next coach will be."

Ritter said he thinks a new coach may be named by February.