After 24 years, 22 of them consecutive, Dave Rigot has separated himself from Glen Burnie football.
Rigot, an assistant in 1974 and 1975 at Glen Burnie under coach Joe Papetti and then for a another year at Old Mill, returned in 1977 as Papetti's successor.
He coached the Gophers for 21 years before stepping down after last season, with former North County defensive coordinator Brad Wilson taking over. Wilson kept Rigot as his defensive coordinator.
At the same time, Rigot became athletic director, replacing the retired Terry Bogle.
Rigot continues as athletic director but resigned his football position this week for what Wilson called "health reasons."
Rigot's tenure as coach was often frustrating. His teams went 88-122 overall and never made the playoffs. Glen Burnie had only three winning seasons in the 1990s, 6-4 records in 1990, 1993 and 1994. After Friday's 29-0 setback to Severna Park, the Gophers are 0-4 and have been outscored 128-12.
When the Gophers went 2-8 in 1996, Rigot submitted his resignation but returned last fall after the administration could not fulfill its goal of hiring a teacher in the school to coach. A 1-9 campaign followed, and Rigot resigned again.
successful The football-knowledgeable Rigot, who expected his players to follow his rules on and off the field, worked hard and cared about his young men. He often helped deserving players gain the opportunity to play college football.
Rigot rarely said no to volunteering at local clinics and anything else that would promote high school football. A West Virginia native who was a center for four years at Shepherd (W. Va.) College, he specialized in line play.
He stepped down at a time when the Gophers might get better, because nine players who were on academic probation returned Friday and should make the team better.
Mike Rudd, a student-advocate and Gophers boys basketball coach, is the Gophers' new defensive coordinator. Wilson also has added ex-North County player Cory Fowler to the staff.
Danny Mangum continues as special teams coach, with Wilson continuing to handle the offense.
"We've been averaging seven turnovers a game, and once we cut down on that, we can only get better," Wilson said.
Update from the Shore
The county is well represented at Division III Salisbury State University, where Joe Rotellini is in his ninth year as football coach. A St. Mary's grad, he was an assistant at Glen Burnie from 1979-84.
Rotellini's defensive coordinator is Wayne Bradford, a Glen Burnie alumnus who made All-County in 1988 as a defensive back and again in 1989 as a tight end. Bradford, also director of Salisbury's master of business administration degree program, was a lineman for the Sea Gulls.
Sea Gulls players with county ties include senior wide receiver and captain Brian Doyle (Chesapeake), quarterback Ray D'Ambrosio (Archbishop Spalding), linebacker Tim Gentry (Old Mill), wide receiver Craig Cohen (Severna Park), defensive back Stan Walker (Meade), running back Rob Evans (Northeast), and offensive lineman William Currence (Broadneck).
Brooks Barnard, 1997 All-County kicker-punter at Broadneck, was redshirted as a walk-on kicker at Oklahoma this year. Barnard and Martel Threadgill, the Bruins' running star this season, are the school's only four-year varsity football players.
In cross country, senior Katie Sloan, of Glen Burnie, had a personal-best time of 19 minutes and 12 seconds, good for second at the Knights Invitational meet.
Severna Park's Scott Cantor is a junior member of the Emory University cross country team in Atlanta.
Erin Shaklee's hat trick enabled Severna Park (6-1) to bounce back from its first loss (2-1 to Roland Park) with a 5-0 victory over Broadneck (2-2).
Glen Burnie's alumni boys basketball game is scheduled for Oct. 10. For information, call Mike Rudd (410-553-6138) or Tom Myers (410-360-1189).
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Pub Date: 9/27/98