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NC set to welcome Drakeford home with a reception

Posted: March 9, 2017 10:49 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.
Tom Didato/C-I

TYRONNE DRAKEFORD WILL OFFICIALLY be introduced as North Central’s head football coach/athletic director at the school next Thursday night.

North Central will host a “Welcome Knight” as the community welcomes new head football coach and athletic director, Tyronne Drakeford, home with a reception on Thursday, March 16.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held inside The Castle in Boonetown beginning at 6:30 p.m. Drakeford will be formally introduced to the public at this time. Refreshments will follow in the school courtyard.

The 45-year-old Drakeford, a 1989 North Central graduate who played for the Knights, is the sixth head football coach in the 37-year history of the football program at the school.

A second round selection in the 1994 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers out of Virginia Tech, Drakeford was a member of the 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIX championship team for the 1994 season. After four seasons in San Francisco, he signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints in 1998. In 2000, he signed with the Washington Redskins before finishing his NFL career in 2001 when he was re-signed by the 49ers.

A former three-sport standout --- football, basketball and baseball --- at North Central, Drakeford recorded 248 tackles with 16 interceptions during his NFL career. Upon retirement, he moved back to Ashburn, Va., with his wife, Cindi, also a Virginia Tech graduate, and their three sons and entered into the business world, including time as a realtor, while also running a non-profit organization for a period of time before getting back to football.

Drakeford was a volunteer football coach at Boys and Girls Club in Virginia and, eventually, became the athletics director for the program before returning to being a realtor on a full-time basis. After a short period in the private sector, he took an assistant coaching position at Kettle Run High School in Nokesville, Va. before being the defensive backs coach at Cordova High School in Cordova, Tenn.


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