Singleton says he was fired as Reservoir's football coach

Lack of experience hurts team in 1st varsity season

High School

November 18, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sam Singleton said yesterday that he was fired last week as varsity football coach at Reservoir High, which opened two years ago and played its first varsity season this fall.

The Gators, who had no seniors, were winless in the regular season, but picked up a forfeit victory from Oakland Mills.

"I was asked to resign by [athletic director] Ken Klock and [principal] Adrian Kaufman," Singleton said. "But I refused because I felt I had done a good job with what I had to work with. We were basically a JV program playing against varsity competition. This was unexpected. Usually they give you at least three years."

Coaches in Howard County sign one-year contracts and a principal can choose not to renew a coach's contract as long as the coach is informed within 60 days of the season's end.

The popular 54-year-old coach announced the firing to his players yesterday, and it touched off an immediate response.

"I think this is terrible," junior running back and captain Peter Smith said. "It's absolutely ridiculous. I don't see any reason for it. He's a great coach and a great guy. Everyone thinks it's crazy, not just football people. I signed a petition to keep him that had 179 names on it and people are planning to wear `Save Singleton' T-shirts."

Singleton also coaches indoor and outdoor track at Reservoir and said he will finish out the season coaching both sports.

"They said I'm welcome to stay as a teacher and track coach, but that they wanted to bring in someone to coach football only," he said. "I came here to be a head football coach. I'm upset I didn't get a chance to finish the job I started. The kids did everything I asked of them and they are upset."

Neither Klock nor Kaufman could be reached to comment.

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