Ed DeVincent is in his 12th year as athletic director at Liberty High School, and the Lions have won 12 state championships during his tenure.
DeVincent himself won a state title in 2005 as Liberty’s boys soccer coach, so he’s used to picking up hardware. And he now has a second individual award being recognized as one of the top ADs in the state.
The Maryland State Athletic Directors Association recently held its annual banquet, and DeVincent earned AD of the Year for District 1B (Carroll and Frederick counties). He also received the award in 2012.
Carroll ADs have fared over the years when the MSADA doles out its awards. A county AD has picked up the District 1B award eight times over the last 10 years, with 14 winners since 2003.
Here’s a look at the past winners from Carroll, dating back to 1988 (according to information on the MSADA’s web site):
Ed Powelson, North Carroll, 1988 (District V); Bob Henard, Liberty, 1992 (District V); Fred Baker, South Carroll, 1997 (District V-A); Gary Watson, Francis Scott Key, 1998 (District V-A); Leo Totten, Francis Scott Key, 2004 (District V-A); Jim Horn, South Carroll, 2005 (District 1B); Craig Walker, Century, 2006 (1B); Troy Warehime, North Carroll, 2007 (1B); Terry Molloy, Westminster, 2008 (1B); Randy Pentz, Century, 2010 (1B); DeVincent, 2012; Jim Horn, South Carroll, 2013 (1B); Molloy, Westminster, 2015 (1B); Warehime, North Carroll, 2016 (1B); Walker, Winters Mill, 2017 (1B); Molloy, Westminster, 2018 (1B); DeVincent, 2019.
Dolch joins elite club of state football coaches
Carroll County supervisor of athletics Dave Dolch spent more than 10 seasons coaching high school football in Maryland, after serving as a college coach for the better part of two decades. The service time on the sideline of three different high schools helped Dolch earn a spot into the Maryland High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, which held its Class of 2019 induction April 27 at University of Maryland.
Dolch worked at Queen Anne’s County High School from 1978-83 as both an assistant and head coach. In 2001, Dolch led Francis Scott Key to a 7-3 record. He assumed the job at St. Paul’s School near Baltimore, and served as Crusaders coach from 2002-09.
Dolch was Manchester Valley’s athletic director from 2009-16 before becoming the county’s AD.
Regional tennis, track on tap
Carroll’s tennis and track teams are scheduled to compete in regional championships this week.
The players from Class 1A (FSK) and 2A (Century, Liberty, South Carroll, Winters Mill) will be at Baker Park in Frederick for their region tournaments. The 1A West meet is set for May 17-18, with the 2A West meet to be played May 16 and May 18.
Manchester Valley and Westminster players are part of the 3A West meet, May 17-18 at North and South Hagerstown high schools.