Former Wilde Lake football coach Doug DuVall will be inducted into the DC Touchdown Club's Circle of Legends on Thursday night at its annual awards dinner at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
DuVall, who won 308 games and five state championships with the Wildecats, will be the sixth inductee. He joins Roy Lester, Richard Montgomery; Jim Fegan, Georgetown Prep; Joe Gallagher, St. John's; Willie Stewart, Anacostia; and Al Thomas, Seneca Valley, Damascus and Sherwood.
"I'm really thrilled about it," DuVall said. "To be in the same category with these guys is real impressive for me. I think it was [George Bernard] Shaw who said one time, 'If you want to be successful in life, find something you love to do and just do it,' so that's how it happened for me."
According to its website, "The DC Touchdown Club Circle of Legends is comprised of local coaches whose impact on the game and their players is, simply put, nothing short of legendary. These extraordinary leaders are known for their work both on and off the field, and for influencing the lives of countless former players."
In 36 years as head coach at Wilde Lake, DuVall also won 20 Howard County championships.
He is one of only three coaches in Maryland ever to reach 300 wins. Only Bob Milloy, who retired earlier this year with 405 wins after 50 years of coaching at several schools including Good Counsel, and John Harvill, who won 312 at Gaithersburg between 1956 and 1999, have more career wins.
DuVall remains active in high school football, serving as president of the Baltimore Touchdown Club and working with the Maryland Football Coaches Association. During the state tournament, he serves as the analyst for the television broadcasts of the four state title games.
He was included into the Maryland Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007. He retired following the 2008 season, after taking the Wildecats to the Class 3A state final.