Matt McLeod, a former defensive coordinator at William and Mary, has accepted the job as head football coach at Grafton High. He succeeds Jared Van Acker, who resigned after three seasons at Grafton to become the head coach at Freedom High in Northern Virginia.
McLeod, who played football at Clemson from 1993-97, coached on Jimmye Laycock's staff at William and Mary for seven seasons, serving as the defensive coordinator in 2005 and '06. He resigned to sell real estate in Williamsburg, then took a job in 2010 as head coach at Deep Run in Henrico County, where he posted a 17-13 mark in three seasons.
McLeod takes over a Grafton program that has reached the postseason the past three seasons, but did so with a 4-7 record a year ago. The Clippers lost three players to the college ranks, two — Jesse Santiago (William and Mary) and Jacob Mazgajewski (Norfolk State) — who committed to Division I programs.
Another 2013 graduate, Marcus Spearman, committed to D-I Harvard, but later decided to attend Division III Johns Hopkins. The school will hold a meet and greet with McLeod for team players and parents at 6 p.m. Monday in the auditorium.