Matt Walp steps down as football coach at Archbishop Wood

They’re one of the most successful football programs in the state.

And once again they’re looking for a coach.

Archbishop Wood High School football coach Matt Walp stepped down Wednesday after two seasons at the school. He ends his career as Vikings coach 8-7, but when you consider the schedule he faced, that’s pretty good.

The Vikings compete in the Catholic League Red Division, which means they annually have showdowns against top teams like St. Joe’s Prep, La Salle, Roman Catholic and Father Judge.

A graduate of Archbishop Ryan and then Delaware Valley College, where he played under Dick Bedesem and later coached under Bill Manlove, Walp was an assistant for both Steve Devlin and Kyle Adkins at Wood. He’s been a part of the success that’s included six state championships.

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The new coach will be the fourth Vikings coach in six years.

Devlin left to become the defensive coordinator at Division III Ursinus. Adkins followed Devlin after the 2019 season, where the Vikings ended up winning the state championship in a great game against Cheltenham.

Last year, despite finishing 5-5, the Vikings were one of the top teams in the area. They knocked off Neshaminy, Neumann-Goretti, Cheltenham, Roman and Judge. Their losses were to St. John’s of DC, Malvern Prep, La Salle and twice to state runner up St. Joe’s Prep.

The Warminster school is already searching for his replacement and has posted for the coaching job.

This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Archbishop Wood football: Matt Walp steps down as head coach