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Howard's Parnell resigns, leaving 4 county slots open


The announcement last week that Howard's Vince Parnell is stepping down as varsity football coach pushed the number of county head football coaching vacancies to four - the most in one year since River Hill and Long Reach opened as new schools eight years ago.

Parnell joins Ross Hannon, who stepped down late last month at Centennial; Sam Singleton, whose firing in December at Reservoir touched off a student demonstration at the school; and Ken Hovet, who last month was placed on unpaid administrative leave at Oakland Mills following a two-month investigation into a grade-changing scandal.

Hannon, a physical education teacher at Mount Hebron, left the Centennial job after two seasons, citing personal reasons. He was the only head football coach in the county that did not work where he coached. And none of his assistant coaches taught within the building.

The job has been advertised within the building but so far no one from within has applied for it, said Centennial athletic director Jim Hill. It must be advertised in the building for 10 days, Hill said, before coaches from outside the building can be interviewed. Those 10 days will not expire until the end of the week.

"We have had four people from out of the building express interest," said Hill.

Former Centennial head coach Ed Holshue, a biology teacher at the school, spent last fall as an assistant coach at Cardinal Gibbons. He said he's "not interested" in returning as head coach.

The Reservoir job is also going through the advertising process, and Gators athletic director Ken Klock said he has had two prospective candidates express interest from outside the building.

One of those, DaLawn Parrish, was a former standout at Howard and Wake Forest University who worked previously as an assistant coach at Wilde Lake and last fall as a graduate assistant at Rutgers. He is currently working as a substitute teacher at Reservoir.

At Howard, Parnell, 51, said: "I just got the feeling that now's the time to go. You just know when it's time."

He's the athletic director and a social studies teacher. He was head coach from 1982 through 1986 and again from 1996 through 2003. His best season was 1999 when the team went 10-2, was ranked No. 6 in The Sun, and won the county title and the Class 2A South region title. Its featured player was Gerald Smith, who went on to play at Penn State. The team was 5-5 last fall.

Dave Glenn, 41, Parnell's assistant varsity coach since 1997, and the guidance department chairman, said he has applied for the opening.

Glenn played high school football at Bishop McNamara and graduated from Loyola College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in counseling. He began working full time at Howard in 1989.

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