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Justin Carey takes over as head varsity football coach at Atholton

Justin Carey, who was head varsity football coach at Hammond High School for the last three seasons, has moved to the same position at Atholton High School.
Justin Carey, who was head varsity football coach at Hammond High School for the last three seasons, has moved to the same position at Atholton High School. (File photo by Jen Rynda)

After three years as head varsity football coach at Hammond High School, Justin Carey has moved to the same position at Atholton High School.

"For me, Atholton is home," said Carey, who led the Golden Bears to a 14-17 record, including a 2A South region playoff berth in 2013. "It's where I started my coaching career after Bowie State University. I added value to a Kyle Schmitt team that needed the extra step to compete at the state level – that's physicality and mental toughness on defense. The dog attitude that we can compete with anyone."

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Carey takes over for coach Bruce Cummings, who led the Raiders to a 5-5 record in his first year at the helm. Cummings was named interim coach after former coach Damion Cook passed away suddenly on June 26, 2015.

Carey was the linebackers coach then eventually defensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Atholton under coach Schmitt, who now is head coach at Archbishop Spalding in Severn, from 2010 to 2012. Carey said he left Hammond for Atholton because it was a job that he has coveted since leaving after the 2012 season.

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"Atholton was a job I always wanted, but at the same time Hammond wasn't moving in a direction that aligned with my goals," Carey said. "'Raider Nation' is our brand, and us as the Atholton football program plan to build off it. 'Raider Nation' means being organized, good communication, truth and love, accountability and mental toughness. ... We want to groom young men to be successful 10 years from now."

Shawn Frederick, a Wilde Lake graduate and former JV head coach at the school, is the new head coach at Hammond.

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