Liberty, North Carroll get new coaches Johnson, Rumbaugh hired for football

July 01, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The two newest high school football coaches in Carroll County find themselves in the same predicament of trying to turn around struggling programs.

Ken Johnson, who replaces John Magee at Liberty, and Bill Rumbaugh, taking over for Randy Clark at North Carroll, were approved for their new positions Tuesday by the Carroll Board of Education.

Both have some of the same ideas for turning their programs around.

Johnson, an Eldersburg resident who has posted a 59-24 career mark in six seasons at Randallstown and the past three at Chesapeake-Baltimore County, says it's just a matter of shaking the losing mentality. The Lions finished the 1992 season at 1-9.

"I'm pretty familiar with the community and the program and believe we're very close to getting things turned around.

Developing a winning attitude is as difficult as getting rid of a losing attitude. John [Magee] has worked very hard over the years and I don't think we're very far away," said Johnson.

Johnson's two previous stints as head coach brought different challenges, and he enjoyed success in both. At Randallstown, he inherited an established program in 1984, won a Class 4A state title, saw the program slide a bit and stayed long enough to see it come back.

In 1990, he took over a Chesapeake program that was successful at one point, but was on the decline. In his three seasons at Chesapeake, he went 25-8 in the regular season and qualified for the playoffs every year.

He will bring the same wing-T offense to Liberty that he used at Randallstown and Chesapeake. He'll try to make things happen on the defensive side.

"We'll play a pressure defense with a lot of man coverage and take some chances," Johnson said.

"At the high school level, I've found more success with letting the found more success with letting the kids react more as opposed to having them think too much. We'll have a fairly simple structure and turn them loose -- that really appeals to the kids."

Johnson will teach physical education and health at Liberty and might coach the junior varsity lacrosse team in the spring.

After 11 years as offensive coordinator at Loudon County High School in Leesburg, Va., Rumbaugh wants to incorporate some basic schemes to build the program at North Carroll. The Panthers were 0-10 a year ago and haven't had a winning season in six years.

"We're going to keep it very basic and simple to start with and try to do a couple of things well and go from there," Rumbaugh said.

"Offensively, we'll run a very strict wing-T with not a lot of variations. On defense, we'll run a basic 5-2 with some slants off it. We're not going to try to get fancy."

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