Col. Zadok Magruder High School football coach Kevin Bernot resigned Friday after a two-year stint leading the varsity team.
Bernot, a social studies teacher at Rockville High, said he could not effectively fulfill his coaching responsibilities without working in the building, adding that he had “full expectations” of becoming a teacher at Magruder when he was hired in January 2012.
“I had a lot of goals that I wanted to implement. ... I couldn’t do that without being in the building and I didn’t have any guarantee that there would be a teaching position for the following year,” he said.
Bernot said he had difficulty assisting students with academics and recruiting in his current role.
“It just came down to what was fair for the kids and fair to the players, and I couldn’t give them the support,” Bernot said.
Bernot compiled a 2-18 record with Magruder, going 1-9 in both seasons. The team had low participation numbers, dressing only 28 players in some of the later games, Bernot said.
Magruder has qualified for only one postseason (2007) since reaching the 1989 state final.
Bernot, 42, was previously a coach at Rockville, where he compiled a 16-15 record and reached the postseason twice. Prior to that he was a Sherwood assistant working under hall of fame coach Al Thomas.
Bernot said he would be interested in taking on a coaching position in the future.
“Some day at some point,” Bernot said. “Right now this was a pretty tough decision.”
The Colonels have had six different coaches since the 1996 season.
Magruder Athletic Director Karl Heimbach declined comment on Bernot’s resignation and said the school would follow Montgomery County procedures when hiring the new coach.
A job listing for the Magruder varsity football coach was posted on Friday evening.
Varsity football coaches receive a $5,712 stipend, according to the Montgomery County Education Association.