Mike Bonavia will take over the Sherwood football program, according to two sources close to the hiring process, making the former Einstein and Richard Montgomery coach the fourth man to lead one of the Washington area’s most successful programs since 2008.
The hiring is expected to be announced Monday afternoon, once Bonavia and Sherwood Principal William Gregory finalize the details of his appointment and staff.
Bonavia’s hiring will end a nearly three-month search that was prolonged by efforts to get him a physical education teaching position at the Sandy Spring school. Three Sherwood sources said that when Marc Thomas stepped down in January, Marc’s father, former Sherwood coach Al Thomas, who still has a strong influence over the program, said he wanted Bonavia to get the job.
Bonavia said, at the time, that he would not be interested in the job unless he could also teach in the building. He currently teaches at Einstein. Bonavia was one of five candidates who interviewed last week with Gregory.