Glenelg graduate Ed Ashwell, who coached a state title-winning wrestler as well as a state championship baseball team and a county title-winning football team at his alma mater between 1993 and 1996, died Thursday night of a heart attack at Carroll County General Hospital, his wife, Joanne, said last night.
Ashwell, 48, is also survived by a daughter, Alexa, 19, and son, Ed Ashwell Jr., 22, who called him "a great friend and father."
After a year at Long Reach as a football assistant and head wrestling coach, Ashwell took over at Einstein of Montgomery County in 1997. In his second of four seasons, Ashwell led Einstein to its first football playoff berth and its best record (9-2) in school history.
"The world is a better place because of his presence, but a sadder one now that he's gone," said Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall, for whom Ashwell was defensive coordinator for 10 years.
Quite the motivator, Ashwell turned around an Einstein program that had gone 16-64 in its previous eight years.
Ashwell, who coached four years at Magruder of Montgomery County through 2005, graduated from Glenelg in 1976, earning two county titles in wrestling and starring in baseball and football.