Nick Good-Malloy, a former All-County lineman at Annapolis, has left Glen Burnie to take over the football program at his alma mater.
“Any time you have a chance to coach at your alma mater, that’s an exciting opportunity,” Good-Malloy said. “Playing at Annapolis and growing up in the city of Annapolis, Annapolis High School is a place I take great pride in. I think there’s a lot of potential and based on talking to athletic director [Dave] Gehrdes and Mr. [Donald] Lilley, the principal, they seem extremely focused on supporting the football program and getting things going in a great direction.”
Gehrdes said he received a number of applications, but Good-Malloy was offered the position Tuesday.
“We’re thrilled to have him,” Gehrdes said. “He’s got all the things we’re looking for. He’s enthusiastic. He’s going to hold weekly meetings on different moral aspects — how to be a good citizen, discipline, respect, things of that sort. He’s going to do what most coaches do but in a little more depth.”
Good-Malloy, who spent two years coaching Glen Burnie, told the Gophers Thursday that he was moving on. He said he liked Glen Burnie but could not pass up the opportunity to coach at his alma mater — a chance that might never come again.
“I explained everything to them the best that I could,” he said. “I don’t have anything bad to say about Glen Burnie. I felt like we were moving in a positive direction and I feel good about the kids there. I wanted to make sure they knew it wasn’t anything to do with them. It was one of those hard decisions you sometimes have to make. It was very emotional, but they were very supportive.”
Good-Malloy, 29, graduated from Annapolis in 2001 after helping the Panthers to the Class 3A state final. He played four years at Salisbury and returned to Annapolis as an assistant coach for two years. He then went back to Salisbury as an assistant before taking over at Glen Burnie.
After going winless in 2010, the Gophers went 3-7 this fall with wins over South River and Broadneck.
At Annapolis, Good-Malloy replaces Brian Brown, who resigned last month after eight seasons. The Panthers, who made the playoffs in 2009, lost 15 straight games before beating Northeast in October. They finished 1-9 for the 2011 season.
Good-Malloy said he sets high standards for his players, on and off the field.
“From what I know about the kids at Annapolis, they have a great deal of pride in their school and themselves as athletes, so I think getting them to buy into our system, what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to do it, that’s really the key. Getting them to buy into that and getting them to believe in what they’re doing — as soon as that happens, I think we’ll be able to have some success.”