North Carroll's Clark quits as football coach

December 19, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

Randy Clark said last night he has resigned as head football coach at North Carroll because it was "time to move on after 16 years of coaching football."

Clark said he officially resigned Dec. 1, but the school had not made any announcement.

He had compiled an 8-42 record in five seasons.

The Panthers had a 0-10 record this season, a performance that Clark said "was part of my reason to resign."

"When you have success as a high school coach, you can teach a lot," said Clark. "But when you're losing, you tend to lose credibility. You lose the positive input."

The 0-10 record in 1992 came after Clark experienced moderate success in 1991 with a 3-7 record. In his first three seasons, North Carroll went 3-7, 1-9 and 1-9.

The highlight of Clark's five seasons were two upset victories over Westminster. The Panthers defeated the Owls, 18-15, in 1991 and 21-0 in 1988, the first season for Clark at North Carroll.

North Carroll athletic director Ed Powelson said he felt sorrow at Clark's leaving the position.

"I hate to see Randy give it up," said Powelson. "I liked Randy, and turnover never helps."

Powelson said North Carroll needs a coach to stay at that position for awhile. He said that's a key to building a successful program.

Powelson said the search for a new coach will start in January.

The resigning of Clark yesterday came one day after John Magee stepped down as head coach at Liberty High.

Magee coached the Lions to a 1-9 record in the recently completed season, with the one win coming in the season finale against North Carroll. Both teams entered that game winless.

Magee said he left the Liberty coaching post to spend more time with his children who are involved in recreation and high school sports.

Overall in Carroll County high school and college football in the past 10 days, three coaches have resigned.

Western Maryland College football coach Dale Sprague resigned Dec. 8.

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