One year after turning down the job, longtime Meade and North County defensive coordinator Brad Wilson has been named football coach at Glen Burnie High.
Wilson played a key role in North County's success, including a 4A state title in 1994. He succeeds Dave Rigot, who coached the Gophers for the past 21 years.
Rigot is assistant athletic director at Glen Burnie and is top candidate for the athletic director's position recently vacated by the retirement of Terry Bogle.
Wilson, 37, not only turned down the football position at Glen Burnie last year, but also at his alma mater, Meade, where he was a three-sport athlete.
Rigot announced his retirement after the 1996 season but returned for one more season when Wilson didn't take the job because he wasn't sure he wanted to leave North County. Rigot retired again after the '97 season.
Glen Burnie has never been to the state football playoffs and was 1-9 in each of the last two seasons after going 5-5 in 1995, and 6-4 in 1994 and 1993.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to be a head coach," said Wilson. "I'm going to miss North County and Chuck Markiewicz. We've been together a long time."
Wilson was an assistant to the late Jerry Mears and Markiewicz at Meade for 10 years and moved to North County with Markiewicz in 1990.
Markiewicz entrusted Wilson with his defense, giving him full rein, and the Knights became the county's most successful team during the 1990s. North County has made the playoffs five times in that span, winning it all in 1994.
"Chuck and I had a lot of success together and I appreciated his confidence in me," said Wilson, who was also North County's boys basketball coach.
Wilson is Anne Arundel County's second new football coach and one more is to be named.
Mike Marcus, also a veteran defensive coordinator, was promoted to coach at Old Mill, succeeding Pete Regala, who retired after 15 years. The dean of Anne Arundel coaches, Severna Park's Andy Borland, also retired.
No successor has been named to Borland, Falcons coach for the last 25 years.
Pub Date: 6/19/98