Ray Fowle has wanted to coach high school football since he played for Col. Zadok Magruder 10 years ago. Now, he’ll get the chance to do it at his alma mater.
Fowle, a Magruder assistant and alumnus (2004), was hired Thursday to take over the varsity team, he said. The Gaithersburg resident replaces Kevin Bernot, who stepped down in January after a two-year tenure with a 2-18 record.
Fowle played for the Colonels under the late Ed Ashwell and remembers telling his coach about his dreams of leading a high school football team.
“I told him that I wanted to be a teacher and a football coach at a high school one day,” Fowle said. “... Now I just finally got to where I wanted to be.”
Fowle, 28, becomes the youngest head football coach in Montgomery County. He joined Magruder’s football staff in 2009 and is in his fourth year teaching at the Rockville school.
The Colonels went 1-9 this fall and have qualified for the postseason just once (2007) since reaching the 1989 state final.
“Rome was not built in one day,” said Fowle, Magruder’s fourth coach since 2008. “We have to come out, do the things the right way and slowly build the program.”
Fowle, who played for Millersville University in Pennsylvania, said he is the only coach from last year’s team that is remaining on staff. Andy Brown, a college teammate who coached in Carroll County, is the lone assistant to join the staff so far.
“He’s built a great reputation with the kids,” Brown said. “We’re excited to get to work.”
Magruder athletic director Karl Heimbach could not be reached for comment in time for publication.
Bernot told The Gazette in January that he resigned because he could not adequately fulfill his coaching responsibilities without working in the building.
“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.