Commentary

Coaching carousel in Montgomery County

Updated: January 28, 2010, 11:34 AM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPN RISE

In case you missed the news last night, Bob Hampton has been named head coach at Northwest High School.

The Northwest job is Hampton's first head coaching position since he left Thomas Wootton's program in 1996.

The longtime assistant coach has been the defensive coordinator at Sherwood High School for the past six years, helping the Warriors to the 2008 Class 4A state championship.

Hampton spent almost his entire career as an assistant coach.

He was an assistant at St. John's (D.C.) from 1968-72 and Seneca Valley (1974-1982).

Then Hampton took over at Wootton in 1983 until 1996 as head coach followed by assistant coaching stints at Damascus (1997-98) and then Sherwood (2000-2009).

Hampton took Wootton to its only state title game appearance, leading the Patriots to a 10-1 record.

In 2002, Hampton won the John W. Voight award, which is given to an outstanding assistant coach with more than 20 years of service.

Over the past three seasons under Hampton's defensive scheme, Sherwood has allowed an average of 7.46 points per game, giving up only 91 points in 14 games during its 2008 state championship season.

Stepping in to fill Hampton's role at Sherwood is defensive line coach Pete Siarkas.

Siarkas has been the defensive line coach at Sherwood for the past five seasons, but has been an assistant at the school for longer than that, according to head coach Pat Cilento. Siarkas will also keep his duties as defensive line coach at the school.

Loyola News and Notes

After winning the MIAA A conference for three straight seasons, the Dons' 2009 season was a bit of a growing experience.

Now if Loyola's 2010 football schedule is any indication of the talent level the Dons will carry to the field, the rest of the MIAA may want to take notice.

Loyola starts its season with a game against DeMatha, but then begins a series of games against teams from outside Maryland: Valley Forge (Strafford, Pa.) in Week 2, Fork Union (Va.) in Week 4 and then Caesar Rodney (Camden, Del.) in Week 5. The Dons' conference schedule starts after Week 5, but Loyola has a Nov. 6 game against Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, Pa.).

According to head coach Brian Abbott, the teams top junior next season will be 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman, Luke Ilardo.

Forestville News and Notes

Forestville head coach Charles Harley seems to always have at least one or two players who are major college football prospects and next year will be no exception.

Bryan Egolum (DT, 6-1, 305) and Rahamann Lee (RB, 5-10, 160) are both getting serious college interest, according to Harley.

Ricardo Smith (QB, 6-2, 180) and Reggie Presson (RB, 5-8, 185) are also getting college interest.

Mike Loveday is the Contact Sports Editor for ESPN RISE and can be reached via e-mail at Michael.Loveday@espn.com.