Edgewood High School has opened a search for a new head football coach, following an announcement last week that Jim Salters had been relieved of his duties.
The final decision was made by Bob Williams, the school's principal, after consulting with athletic director Bob Slagle and others.
This was the first stint as a head coach for Salters, 26, who had records of 6-4 and 5-5 during his two seasons. Along the way, he had county records of 6-2 (winning the last three in 1992) and 5-5 (winning the last two) this year.
"The record was not a factor in the decision," Slagle said. "We felt we wanted to go in a different direction; there were some things with which we were not satisfied.
"Now, we have in mind getting a more experienced coach, and to that extent we are instituting a statewide search. We would like to make the change as soon as possible."
Applications for the position should be sent to Slagle at the school, 2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, Md. 21040, before Jan. 14.
Salters was an All-County offensive guard at Joppatowne in 1985, lettered three years at Frostburg State, from which he graduated in 1989, then earned a master's degree from Western Maryland while serving as an assistant coach. Before taking the Edgewood position, he taught and coached at Loch Raven High School.
"There were some differences of opinion, and I thought that this early in my coaching career, it was in my best interests to resign," Salters said. "Still, I have a lot of confidence in my coaching ability and I felt I did a good job.
"I love the game and want to coach. I like to think I'll be somewhere next fall. Going back to being an assistant might make me a better coach and better qualify me if there is another opportunity to be a head coach."