When Jared Maybin led the state with 2,466 yards rushing as a running back in 2005 for Catonsville High, he was a workhorse who carried the ball 419 times that season.
Maybin is back at Catonsville High as the new head football coach, but don’t expect the Comets to run the ball nearly as many times as he did.
Maybin, who takes over for Rich Hambor, who became the school’s athletic director, plans to feature more of passing team, unlike when he played and led the Comets to their first two playoff appearances in 2004 and 2005.
They came under Hambor, who also guided postseason squads in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The 2011 team won a regional championship.
Hambor went 85-62 in 14 years and his 85 wins were the most by a Catonsville football coach in school history.
Maybin was the catalyst for the school’s first playoff triumph when he rolled for 262 yards rushing on 45 attempts and three touchdowns in a 17-0 whitewash of Carver in 2005.
Maybin went on to play at Iowa Wesleyan before coaching a year of high school in Iowa, three years as an assistant at Division III Carroll University, one year as assistant at Methodist University, N.C, and most recently two years (2016 and 2017) assisting at Kent State.
“I was a little bit tired of bouncing around the Midwest and I was trying to get a little bit closer to home. I just wanted to get closer to family,” said Maybin, whose father, Rodney is a 1976 Catonsville High graduate who ran the Banneker Youth Football program for a long time where his son developed his skills. “I’ve got a ton of family in Catonsville. We are a big family so everybody is excited to have me back and I’m super excited to be back.”
He’s just as excited as he was when coach Hambor posted the rushing records of former players at Maybin’s initial meeting football meeting with the Comets.
“I remember that back when I was playing, so I put my sights on [rushing record holder] Chris Wilson when I was playing varsity, so these kids have already recognized me, so now to put a face to the name is pretty big for them,” said Maybin who passed 2001 graduate Wilson’s career rushing mark of 3,127 yards.
“He’s been here and he’s made his own name for himself and I think it’s really great that we have some new face of the program because, number one, his connection locally and number two, the experience he’s had around the country, which he can bring in and bring some new ideas,” Hambor said.
Maybin inherits a team that finished 1-9 last year, but he plans on giving everybody a fair shot at winning starting jobs.
“I thought it was big for me to emphasize to them that everybody has a clean slate,” Maybin said. “You can only get so much from watching film from a 1-9 season.”
Catonsville’s 29-16 victory over Lansdowne in the second week of the season last year was Hambor’s last victory as a football coach.
Maybin hopes to get his first win when the Comets host Sparrows Points at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31.
“We are all going to make mistakes, but it goes into changing our mindset and having a winners mindset,” he said.
A week before the Comets first scrimmage (Aug. 23) a lot of positions were still up in the air, including one of the most important ones.
“We’ve got a little bit of a quarterback battle going on right now,” said Maybin, noting seniors Kris McIntee and Javon Williams are rotating as signal-callers.
Junior Anthony Shields and seniors Jorge Urizar and Sergio Aguirre are currently the featured running backs.
“He (Shields) is one of the guys who is sticking out,” Maybin said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys who are passionate about learning and that’s always a good thing and they are pushing these older guys.”
He refrained from naming any more backs, but some young standouts may be on the horizon.
“We only have one running back in our system, so it’s a lot different from the past. With only one or two at a time, our running back pool is a little bit smaller,” he said.
That bodes well for the receiving candidates, including seniors Donnell Jones Jr., Elijah Holland, Teyonne Bradley, Deonte Fletcher, Omar Allenye and Jacob Sakk and juniors Parker Douale, Dashawn Dixon and Marciss Lawson.
“I tell them the new pass concepts and they are just licking their chops and they want to get out there because we are showing them how to take advantage of how defenses are going to play us and it helps us on defense as well because they understand what an offense is trying to do,” Maybin said.
Among the veteran coaches that returned from the Hambor regime are John Youngberg, Jeff Mueller and Mason Klompus.
Youngberg is in charge of an offensive line that features junior Mateen Kareem. Kareem is 6-feet-4 inches and weighs 310.
“He is going to be good,” Maybin said.
Other line candidates include Cesar Romero, Nate Beyer, Brandon Hull, Jermaine Sykes and Steve Johnson Jr.
A lot of the linemen, as well as the skill position players, will also play on the defensive side of the ball.
The early practices have been devoted to fundamentals and installing the offense.
“On day one we were going over how to hold the ball and getting in an athletic stance and that is stuff that you know most kids would come into a program knowing,” Maybin said. “It’s fun actually because they see so much football, so I like making references to the Ravens or the Terps. They actually have to understand those people had to start where we are starting right now.”
They are also filming practice, which starts at 8 a.m. and usually lasts about an hour and a half or two hours. After practice they eat lunch together and have a classroom session that ends around noon.
“It’s a physical aspect in the beginning and then we go upstairs and we learn,” Maybin said. “It’s a lot of learning.”