Nick Bach, from Mountain View High School in Georgia, has been named Gilman football coach, according to a news release from Gilman officials.
Bach takes over for Tim Holley, who announced that he would step down after leading the Greyhounds to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game in November.
Holley, the longtime Gilman athletic director and assistant football coach, took over the program to smooth the transition when Biff Poggi and much of his staff left the Greyhounds after the 2015 season. Poggi is now coach at St. Frances.
At Mountain View, in Lawrenceville, Ga., northwest of Atlanta, Bach has coached the Bears since 2013, serving as head coach the past three seasons. The Bears reached the state playoffs for the first time in 2016, playing in Class 7A. They also received their first statewide ranking in 2016, as high as No. 9.
Last fall, the Bears finished 9-2 and made it to the second round of the playoffs. Bach has been named the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s Coach of the Week, Region 6 7A Coach of the Year and the Gwinnett County Coach of the Year.
Bach, who has been an assistant football coach at Johns Hopkins and three other universities, also teaches history and will join the Gilman faculty and football program this summer. He played defensive end at SUNY-Buffalo, from which he graduated in 2001.
The No. 8 Greyhounds finished 5-7 last fall but they came on strong at the end of the season, upsetting then-No. 4 McDonogh, 24-21, in their annual rivalry game, to force a five-way tie for second place in the seven-team A Conference. Through a series of tiebreakers, the Greyhounds ended up the second seed and made that hold up with a 42-24 upset of then-No. 4 Calvert Hall in the semifinals.
Against No. 1 St. Frances, however, they couldn’t maintain the momentum and fell, 44-7, in the title game.