1996 All-Carroll County football teams

November 22, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham

Coach of the Year

Bill Rumbaugh, North Carroll: When Rumbaugh took over the struggling Panther program in 1993, he told his staff that four years would be an accurate timetable to gauge how much progress has been made. Four years later, with his first group of freshmen now seniors, the Panthers enjoyed a 6-4 season and have a strong nucleus returning to build on. Rumbaugh saw the first glimpses of success on last year's 5-3 JV team, which moved into the varsity ranks this fall. "A winning attitude is an important thing, and it's changing in our program," Rumbaugh said. "Our kids expect to be able to compete and expect to win. They also understand that they have to put in the work to get there." The good fortune took time. The Panthers won only two games in Rumbaugh's first three seasons, and he often questioned whether he was doing the right things. His patience paid off, and the program is now on steady ground. "It's extremely rewarding," he said. "I remember the seniors when they were freshmen and we were at the very first meeting. They were willing to work hard, and it's great for them to see the benefits." Rumbaugh stressed the importance of off-season weight work. Sophomore defensive lineman Eric Wilhelm is a prime example. He worked hard with the weights and earned first-team All-County honors. Now it's contagious.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Carroll County football team was selected by staff writer Glenn P. Graham after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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