Patrick Henry names native son Braxton as its new football coach

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A former standout comes home to Hanover County.

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On Tuesday, Patrick Henry announced the hiring of Keith Braxton as its new football coach to replace Bryan Davis.

He will take over a Patriots team that went 7-3 in the regular season, advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and ended their season with a terrific effort at Massaponax in the second round of the playoffs, to finish with an 8-4 mark.

Braxton, a Patrick Henry graduate, attended Virginia Military Institute where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a standout on the defensive line for the Keydets.

Braxton, a Beaverdam native, was a three-year letterwinner and was team captain as a senior defensive lineman for the Keydets. Braxton finished his career with 195 tackles in 35 games played. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from VMI in 1998 and his master’s in history from Norwich University in 2010.

Braxton launched his coaching career at his alma mater of VMI as a graduate coaching assistant.  In 2001, he was promoted to a full-time coaching position as the Defensive Line Coach and served in this role through 2006.  

From 2006-2013, Coach Braxton was the assistant head coach at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Then, in 2013, Mr. Braxton was offered the opportunity to come back to his home state of Virginia to work for coach Latrell Scott at Virginia State, where he served as Director of Football Operations for the Spartans for two seasons. Most recently, Braxton served as assistant head coach and Director of Football Operations at Norfolk State for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

According to the Patrick Henry press release, Braxton will bring a unique combination of skills.

“Coach Keith Braxton’s passion for the sport of football and his dedication to helping student athletes grow to reach their highest potential were compelling qualities that we were seeking for this position,” the release stated.  

“Further, Coach Braxton’s personal connections to our school’s history, tradition, and values were paramount. His addition to the existing stellar football athletic staff will continue to elevate the program and school’s commitments to our tradition of excellence.”