Head football coach brings passion to his dream job

Chris W. Longino, staff writer

Sean Curry is more than a football coach; he is a family man, a teacher and a Chantilly alumnus who has been bleeding purple his entire life.

His passion for the Chantilly community began when he started playing football as a child for Chantilly Youth Association and this passion will always be a part of his life. First, he was a captain on the varsity football team and then he was able to work his way up the ladder of coaching as an adult, eventually obtaining his dream job of varsity football head coach two years ago.

After graduating from Chantilly, Curry attended James Madison University. He then obtained a  job teaching English at Chantilly and was also an assistant football coach, remaining at the school for years before taking the head varsity coaching job at Freedom High School. When the opportunity to become the head coach at Chantilly opened up, Curry was excited to take his dream job and began revolutionizing the program.   

“Curry tried to draw on what he liked as a player and what he has learned as an assistant coach here and being the head coach at Freedom High School,” Director of Student Activities Corey Bowerman said.

Curry wants his team to understand the life values he has learned from being both a player and a coach.

“I hope my coaching staff and I are influencing them beyond football,” Curry said. “They can learn great life lessons by working hard with commitment and effort.”

During the football season, on Monday through Wednesday, Curry works 12 hour days-on Thursday and Friday, his work days often total 15 hours.

According to Forbes Magazine, a football coach is one of the toughest leadership positions because of the intense commitment required and the personal sacrifice.

“It is very stressful,” Curry said. “The big thing is balancing life by spending time with family, but during the season, there is no way around long hours.”

Time management is key to being a football coach and player, and being efficient during practice is especially essential. During his free time, he spends as much time as he can with his family, including his wife and two children. His wife, Lindsay, teaches special education at Westfield High School. His son, Tanner, is four years old and his daughter, Kendall, is seven.

Curry sees Chantilly as his second home and family, and he loves the entire community. Even though his life is hectic during the football season, Curry is doing what he has always dreamed. No matter the sacrifice, he is willing to take on the challenge.

“It’s a great community in the sense that this is one of the only high schools that kids actually grow up together,” Curry said. “Chantilly is just a special place.”