Friendly High School hired Vaughn Smith, an assistant coach at Bishop McNamara and former Friendly assistant, to take over its varsity football team.
Smith, 35, helped Friendly win a Class 3A state championship in 2006 as an assistant under George Earley.
“We just want to get the program back to where it was,” Smith said. “… We want to restore the glory to Friendly football and bring back the tradition that Friendly had.”
Smith, a Charles County resident, takes over a team that went 4-6 last season. He replaces Peter Quaweay, who stepped down in December for career reasons after four seasons.
Smith coached at Friendly from 2003 to 2007 before moving on McDonough, which won a 2A state title in 2010.
He was an assistant at McNamara last season.
“I thought Vaughn did a great job for us,” McNamara coach Keith Goganious said. “[The hire] just shows his development and his growth … I think it's a great hire for that school.”
Quaweay said he received multiple offers to coach football at the college level.
“I'm so glad I had the opportunity to coach at Friendly. I've learned so much and they've given me so much career-wise,” Quaweay said. “It was time for me to take my next step.”
Smith attended DeMatha Catholic and graduated from Oxon Hill before enrolling at Syracuse University, where he played alongside retired NFL star Donovan McNabb.
The Patriots bring back most of the coaching staff that worked with Smith in the 2000s, including Thad Freeman (defensive coordinator), according to Friendly football recruiting coordinator Ray Thorpe.