Tim Sarver began a 26 year career as head football coach at HHS in the fall of 1985. When he retired following the 2010 season he did so as the winningest football coach in Blue Streak history. His record of 217 wins and 82 losses surpassed the 133 wins achieved by legendary coach Claude Warren between 1932 and 1959.
To equal coach Sarver’s record will be a daunting task. His teams won 13 district championships, 6 regional championships and appeared in 3 state championship games, winning the state championship in 2001. Many of his Blue Streak players were selected to participate in the Virginia High School League Coaches’ All-Star game, and coach Sarver served three times as a coach in the game.
Numerous gridiron Blue Streaks have gone on to college football at the Division I, II, and III levels. Three of his former players are currently playing Division I football and 3 others have gone on to play professional football. His coaching career spanned a total of 44 years, 37 of them as a head coach. His overall record as a head coach was 278 wins, 127 losses and 3 ties.
Coach Sarver received many individual awards in his career, he won numerous district and regional Coach of the Year awards, was VHSL State Coach of the Year in 2004-05, and was named the Max Preps Virginia Coach of the Decade for the period 2000-2010. Coach Sarver served in various roles with the Virginia High School League and he was inducted into the VHSL Hall of Fame in the fall of 2011.
Tim is a graduate of Emory & Henry College where he was a four year starter in football and is a member of the school’s sports hall of fame. At HHS, Blue Streak football was a family affair and included active participation by Tim’s wife Kathy and three children: Jeb, Amanda and Benjamin. Coach Sarver was an “old school” coach who expected the best from everyone associated with the Blue Streak program -- the coaches, players, support personnel and, most of all, himself. There were many sayings and slogans associated with coach Sarver that came to be called “Sarverisms” by his players and coaches. Perhaps this one best reflects Tim’s expectations: “look like a champion, act like a champion, prepare like a champion.”