Mt. Hebron Football Coach Calls It Quits After 4 Years

December 22, 1991|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Steve Beninghove, who has spent nearly 20 years coaching football, has resigned after four years as head coach at Mount Hebron High School.

Beninghove, who was saddled each year with an undermanned roster that lacked the talent of the county's top teams, guided the Vikings to a 14-26 record. Last year, Hebron had its best year under Beninghove, finishing third in the county with a 4-3 record, 5-5 overall. This year, the team struggled to a 1-9 finish, including a winless season against the county.

"All the lessons you want to teach and all the things you want todo, you really can't do unless you win," said Beninghove, a 44-year-old math teacher who graduated from Howard High in 1965. He spent twoyears coaching high school football in Mississippi before comingback to Howard County. He coached for a year at Hammond, then spent nine years as an assistant coach at Glenelg, before coming to Hebron in 1988.

"I knew it (that he would quit) the second day of practice, when we only had 24 kids out," said Beninghove, whose team had dwindled to 20 by season's end. "Sometimes we only had 16 or 17 kids at practice. You can't make a football team like that."

Beninghove plans to spend time watching his son, a freshman at Westminster High inCarroll County, play football. He said he will continue coaching Hebron's junior varsity boys lacrosse team.

"I've spent 19 of the last 20 years on a football field in the fall," he said. "I don't know how I'm going to adjust to it. If I felt like I was getting something done here, I would have stuck it out."

Beninghove's replacement will probably be named by February.

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