Ed Ashwell proved last week you can go home again.
Ashwell, a three-sport star at Glenelg High School in the mid-1970s before going onto a successful seven-year stint as defensive coordinator for Wilde Lake's football team, has been named head football coach at Glenelg.
"As an assistant, I've always wanted to be a head coach, and thisis the best opportunity for me to get back to my old school," said Ashwell. He replaces Dennis Cole, who retired in December after directing the Gladiators for nine years.
A 1976 graduate of Glenelg, Ashwell is headed back to the school where he earned All-County honors in football, wrestling and baseball. At Glenelg, he played baseball for three All-County seasons under Jim McGregor, who became Glenelg's principal last year.
Ashwell was inducted into the Athletic Hall ofFame at Glenelg last year.
"Eddie was all-everything here. His personality fits like a glove here," said Glenelg athletic director Chuck Struhar. "He brings tons of enthusiasm with him."
Ashwell, a physical education teacher at Wilde Lake who graduated from Frostburg State University in 1980 and now coaches Wilde Lake's baseball team, was a key contributor to the Wildecats' run of football excellence.
With Ashwell as the defensive coach for the past eight seasons, Wilde Lake won or shared seven county titles, four regional crowns and two state championships.
The Wildecats won their second 2A state title last fall.
"Eddie is a great teacher," said Wilde Lake head football coach Doug DuVall. "He really loves the game, he'll be able to communicate with the kids, and he knows the phrase 'Told is not taught.' We'll miss the friendship and the camaraderie. But a certain amount of change is beneficial. This gives Eddie the chance to do something he needs to do."
Ashwell becomes the second DuVall assistant toland a head coaching job in the county. Hammond head coach Joe Russowas a defensive coach under DuVall for five years in the mid-1970s.
Ashwell beat out another former Wilde Lake assistant for the Glenelg job, George Boteleler, who was an assistant at Glenelg under Cole.Boteleler was the defensive coordinator at Wilde Lake when Ashwell joined the Wildecats' coaching staff in the early 1980s.
"George was my mentor. He got me started on teaching defensive philosophy," said Ashwell, who won't know if a teaching job is available for him at Glenelg this fall until June. "It will be real tough if I have to teach here (at Wilde Lake) and coach there next year. But I didn't want this opportunity to pass me by."