Washington High will have a pair of first-year head coaches in the coming 2014-15 school year because both football coach Mark Hash and boys basketball coach Don Bullett have stepped down after being the school's only head coaches in their respective sports.
When Washington opened its doors in 2008, Hash was its first-ever head football coach and Bullett held the same position in boys basketball.
Both men had their best seasons this past school year with Hash's senior-dominated team going 7-3 during the regular season and Bullett's basketball team roaring through the 2013-14 regular season without a loss. Several members of the football team were accorded all-state mention following the 2013 season.
Washington reached the West Virginia Class AAA football playoffs for the first time last season. In the 16-team playoffs, the Patriots lost in the first round. Bullett's 2013-14 team was ranked No. 1 in the state for nearly all of the season and winged through the Sectional and Regional tournaments without a loss.
In the state tournament in Charleston for the second straight season, Washington won its first-round game, but was eliminated in the semifinals. The team was also senior-laden and had several players named to all-state teams. The Patriots had also reached the state tournament semifinals in 2012-13.
Daryl Hayes, a 1991 graduate of Hedgesville High, 1995 graduate of Shepherd and 1997 recipient of a master's degree from WVU, has been named Washington's new head coach in football.
Hayes once coached at St. James School in Washington County, Maryland for 10 years, four of which were spent as the Saints' head coach. In Hayes' four years as the head coach, the Saints were 16-18 overall.
Washington graduated 19 seniors from last season's playoff team.
Hayes spent two different terms as an assistant coach at Shepherd under head coach Monte Cater.