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2015 All-Washington County Football
Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Toby Peer-QB-South Hagerstown / Joe McCoy-RB-Clear Spring
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Cole Hutzberry-DB-Smithsburg / Alex Wetzel-LB-Boonsboro
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Small named new Williamsport coach
WILLIAMSPORT — Tim Small isn’t looking for any patents.
It’s simpler than that. He just wants to have a successful football team that will make his hometown proud.
Small took the first step on Thursday by being named Williamsport High School’s football coach, completing what’s become a “hometown boy does good” theme.
“This is a tremendous opportunity,” said Small, 34. “I’m a Williamsport guy, born and raised here. I played here in high school and have coached here. I’m glad to have the chance to give back to my community and my school. We aren’t going to come in here and try to reinvent the wheel.”
In fact, Small’s goal is to keep the Wildcats’ wheel inflated.
He replaces Vince Ahearn, who resigned last month after two seasons to accept the opening at Tuscarora High School. Small completed his second stint as a Williamsport assistant under Ahearn, coaching the JV and helping with the varsity on offense.
“I wouldn’t have been able to take this position without everything I learned by working with Vince,” Small said. “He showed me things about coaching and managing a team. For me, it’s all about building a program. As a first-time head coach, we have a lot of pieces in place. The kids have responded well and the coaches are staying on. We’re going to keep pushing.”
Reaching the head coaching position all but completes a full-circle odyssey for Small.
Small was a linebacker for the Wildcats under Eric Michael, who is now the Washington County supervisor of athletics, and returned home to coach for four years on Adrian Custer’s staff after playing linebacker and graduating from Frostburg State.
After taking a hiatus to start a family, Small returned to work with Ahearn.
“I’m like a Jack of all trades, but the master of none,” Small said. “I was all defense when I played in high school, and I worked on the defense with Adrian. With Vince, I coached special teams and worked with the offense. I’ve coached on the lower levels and with the varsity. I’ve worked with defense and now offense. Vince told me I should learn it all.”
Small provided everything Williamsport needed, especially considering the timing of Ahearn’s departure.
“He’s a good fit for the program at Williamsport,” said athletic director Dan Cunningham. “He’s an alumni with ties to the community who has the kids’ support.
“When Vince stepped down, he stepped right in and kept everything going with the 7-on-7 league and weight lifting. The kids seem to navigate to him.”
Small takes over in a period of transition for the Wildcats, but since he was part of Ahearn’s staff, there won’t be much change.
“You have to adapt the system to your personnel,” Small said. “We will change some, but we have a lot of things in place and we can expand it with coaching.”
The needed adaptation stems from major losses from last season’s 5-5 team. Some of the major faces — including quarterback Saavon Brown — have graduated, opening the door for the next wave of Wildcats.
“I think the Wildcats are in a good place now,” Small said. “We got to experience progress and that was with Vince.
“It’s a challenge because who will have to rise to the challenge. There will be some growing pains, but they can rise for sure. I’m cautiously optimistic. A lot of them are not varsity battle tested. We have to put them in a position to be successful.”
Small said he received a lot of support from the community as he was trying to become Williamsport’s next coach.
“I want to pass on the lessons I learned from playing in a Williamsport uniform to the kids,” Small said. “The kids are responding and are bullish and I’m very proud of them. They are kids who can surprise everyone and themselves.”
Ahern resigns at Williamsport
by Herald-Mail Sports
After two years as head coach of the Williamsport Wildcats varsity football team, Vince Ahearn has resigned from his post.
On Tuesday, Ahearn said he was leaving for family reasons and to pursue other opportunities.
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Williamsport nearly qualified for the Maryland Class 2A playoffs last year, just falling short despite a 6-4 record. In Ahearn's first year, the Wildcats were 3-7 as they began to learn a new system.
After two years at Suitland, Ahearn moved on to Frederick, where he spent 17 years as the head coach of the Cadets. He compiled a 71-100 record at Frederick before he took on the challenge at Williamsport, replacing Randy Longnecker.
"(Ahearn) changed the football culture at Williamsport," said Wildcats athletic director Dan Cunningham. "He had this program going in the right direction."
Behind 2014 Herald-Mail Offensive Player of the Year Saavon Brown, Ahearn's Wildcats produced a winning record last year.
Even though school is out for the summer, Cunningham hopes to move swiftly through the process of hiring a new coach. Cunningham is a former head coach at North Hagerstown who knows the importance of having a leader in place to monitor the football program throughout the offseason.
"The position is posted and we have to go through the procedures, but we would like to have a new coach in position as early as we can," Cunningham said. "I think that is important. We are young, and right now the assistant coaches on the staff have rallied around the program."
Note: One of Williamsport's annual opponents, Brunswick, also is without a head football coach. Patt Foster, the coach for the last seven years, resigned on June 9
2014 All-Washington County Football
Offensive Player of the Year: Saavon Brown-Williamsport