Dolch seeks Western Maryland job Ex-Bowie St. coach quits Morningside

January 23, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Former Bowie State football coach Dave Dolch is seeking the head coaching position at Western Maryland College after resigning yesterday from his duties at Morningside College in Iowa.

Dolch, who needed only three years to turn around the Bowie State program in the late 1980s, said yesterday from his office in Sioux City that he is returning to Maryland next month and is "actively pursuing" the vacant position with the Division III Green Terrors. He was Division II Morningside's football coach and athletic director.

"I'm an applicant and waiting to hear from the school," said Dolch, 37, a former Western Maryland quarterback and defensive back. "One way or the other, I'll be in western Maryland when my contract runs out at the end of January. I've been named the associate director for Youth Services International at Victor Cullen Academy [located in Sabillasville, Md., about six miles from Thurmont]."

Dolch said it was a difficult decision to leave Morningside College because, "We've got a great home built here on and off the field.

"We had 7-4 and 5-5-1 seasons in two of our four years after taking over a team that had lost 21 straight overall," he said.

"Several things made me decide to leave," he said, without elaborating.

Dolch said he will be working with troubled youth at Victor Cullen.

"It's a job change, not a career change," he said. "I'll still be working with kids and have an impact on their lives."

It isn't clear what Dolch would do about the Victor Cullen position if he is selected to replace Dale Sprague, who resigned Dec. 8 after compiling a 20-48-2 record in seven years at Western Maryland.

When acting Western Maryland athletic director Rick Carpenter was asked what the possibility was of Dolch getting the job, he said: "I don'tknow. Maybe this time next week we'll know more after we get into the interview process."

Carpenter is the head of the seven-person search committee, which has received 100 applications. "Our second semester begins Feb. 1 and we'd like to have something done soon after that," he said.

Ethan Seidel, a professor who is a member of the search committee, said the committee is "looking for someone knowledgeable of the game of football, a good recruiter with an understanding of the role of athletics at a Division III school."

Dolch played for the Green Terrors in the mid-1970s. He moved on to Queen Anne's High as a football coach for five years before spending two years as an assistant to Bob Blasi at Northern Colorado.

Dolch coached one season under Bill Collick at Delaware State when the school won the MEAC title. He moved on to Division II Bowie State, where he inherited the nation's longest losing streak (32 games) in 1987. By 1989, the Bulldogs were 9-1-1 and reached the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

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