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Wilson is handed the reins to Clear Spring's football program

August 07, 2003|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

August was already looking to be a busy month for John Wilson.

As of Wednesday, the month became downright hectic for him.

Wilson was officially named the first head football coach at Clear Spring High School on Wednesday, one day after handing in his resignation at Bishop Walsh, in Cumberland, Md.

So, in addition to all of the normal preparations high school football coaches find themselves in the middle of at this time of year, Wilson will be looking for an apartment in Washington County and familiarizing himself with a new group of players and hiring assistant coaches.

Oh, and there's the planning for his son's third birthday party at the end of the month, too.

"I'm going to be real busy. There's a lot of things to do in a short period of time," Wilson said. "But it's very exciting to be a part of this."

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Wilson, 28, was head coach for four full seasons and interim coach for part of another, compiling a 16-36 record with the Spartans. Twelve of those 16 wins, however, came in the last two seasons.

The hiring of Wilson brings to a close the long search for the Blazers inaugural football coach. Clear Spring had offered the position to two other candidates only to see them turn down the job.

It was only after a conversation with Southern Garrett principal Tom Woods that Clear Spring principal Martin Green discovered Wilson might even be interested in the job.

"We didn't even know he was available, that he was looking to move into the public schools," Green said. "If we had known he was interested, we would have contacted him much earlier in the process."

By the same token, Wilson wasn't aware of the difficulty Green was having in filling the position until he got a phone call from Green on Monday.

Wilson said he's excited - and a little scared - about being the first Blazers football coach.

"Starting fresh, starting the program from scratch is very exciting," Wilson said. "The folks in Clear Spring have expectations. They've worked very hard to get this program started and I want to make sure that I do a good job for them."

Clear Spring will field only a junior varsity team this year before expanding to a varsity program in 2004. The Blazers join the Monocacy Valley Athletic League this year and will play in the Antietam Division, along North and South Hagerstown, Boonsboro, Smithsburg, Williamsport, Brunswick and Catoctin.

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