Owls to search for Oeming's successor

November 08, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Westminster High School officials said the search to replace football coach Jeff Oeming, who resigned following Friday's Carroll County title-clinching victory at South Carroll, will begin in the next several weeks.

Westminster athletic director Steve Thomson said school principal Sheri-Le Bream and county supervisor of physical education and athletics Bruce Cowan will coordinate the search. Thomson said no names have come up as replacements.

Oeming told Westminster administrators last Wednesday that he would resign at the end of the season. He told team members when he was talking to them in the end zone after the Owls' 14-7 victory that gave the school its first county title in three years.

"I had been thinking about it," Oeming said last night. "I knew it was a possibility [at the season's start]."

Oeming, who started with the Owls in 1988 and had a 24-36 record at Westminster, won three county titles and two Central Maryland Conference crowns. Oeming had gone 10-10 in two seasons at North Carroll.

"There's never going to be a point where you're 100 percent sure," said Oeming. "I love the game and the kids, so I'll see how important [coaching] is."

Oeming said he has been involved with football since age 6, and this will allow him to take a breather. He would not rule out coaching again.

"He kind of said something at the beginning of the year," said Thomson. "[He said] this could be his last year."

Oeming said that, even though he was considering resigning, he never told his team.

Westminster running back Chris DeGasperi, who scored a touchdown in Friday's game, said he had heard rumors in the past as well as this year that Oeming might not return.

"The rumors started again this year," said DeGasperi, a team captain. "I was surprised the rumors turned out to be true."

Oeming, whose resignation was reported in yesterday's Carroll County Times, said he did not want to leave until the program was improving. The Owls went 7-3 in 1990 and won the county and CMC titles, but fell to 1-9 the following year.

Westminster went 2-8 last year and moved up to 4-6 this season, including a 3-0 mark in the county. Oeming said the program is on its way up, and this was the time to stop.

"It didn't come as a total shock to me," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown. "I felt there was something brewing. I think his team did a pretty good job. I give him credit."

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