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High School Football: Ahearn, Wildcats to change together

February 02, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Vince Ahearn
Vince Ahearn

WILLIAMSPORT — Vince Ahearn is ready to put the pedal to the metal and begin the drive to put Williamsport High School football on the map.

After resigning his head coaching post at Frederick on Jan. 16, the 53-year-old Ahearn was hired Tuesday to take over the Williamsport program, one that has not had a winning record since going 6-4 in 1999.

On Friday, Ahearn was at Williamsport to meet returning football players from the 2012 team, which went 1-9 in Randy Longnecker’s fourth year as coach.

Ahearn brings extensive experience to the post following 17 years at Frederick and two at Suitland. His career mark was 71-100 at Frederick, but more importantly, he was a developer of individual character.

While he considered staying away from coaching for a bit of time, he also thought he would be out of work for more than just a few days.

“Life changes and I needed a change also,” Ahearn said. “I like a new challenge, I just didn’t think it would come this soon. There were other things I looked at. I wanted to stay in coaching but not move, and as I kept going through my options, I kept coming back to Williamsport.”

In the meeting Friday, Ahearn was more interested in answering questions from players than talking Xs and Os. He introduced three of his assistants from Frederick who will join him at Williamsport and plans to add more assistant coaches in the near future.

“I think Washington County is on the edge of making an impact in the state with its level of play,” Ahearn said. “Right now the big challenge is getting out and communicating with the community, set up meetings with groups, get them all involved.”

Ahearn stays busy throughout the year with various football-related activities. He has been the site manager for the Frederick area and NFL-sponsored High School Player Development (HSPD) camps. He coached the Baltimore Ravens prep all-star team in the NFL’s National 7-on-7 tournament, created the Cadet Youth Football Association and is a founder of the Western Maryland Football Coaches Association.

Ahearn will finish out the year teaching at Frederick while guiding the Williamsport program, which has just one playoff appearance in its history (2011) and only 12 winning seasons since its first full season in 1971.

He and his wife, Becky, have three children — sons Vinnie and Alec and daughter Natalie, who graduates from Frederick this year.

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