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Northeast High hires Elwood Townsend, a ‘very inspirational guy,’ as head football coach

Elwood Townsend, seen while head coach at Frederick Douglass High School, is Northeast football's new head coach.
Elwood Townsend, seen while head coach at Frederick Douglass High School, is Northeast football's new head coach. (Gabe Dinsmoor / Baltimore Sun)

Northeast has hired Elwood Townsend to become its next head football coach, Eagles athletic director Ken Miller confirmed Friday.

Townsend replaces Brian Baublitz, who stepped down after four years at Northeast. Townsend was hired earlier this year to lead National Foundation Academy, which began varsity play in 2011 and struggled to compete against other Baltimore City teams. Townsend also served as Woodlawn football’s head coach from 2017 through 2019.

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Before then, Townsend was head coach at Frederick Douglass High School from 2007 to 2015, leading the Ducks to a pair of Class 1A state championship crowns in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he served as head coach of Lewis as well.

Miller said the program received a strong selection of candidates for the job, but Townsend’s resume stood out. He “had that ‘it factor.’”

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“Whenever I interview someone, I picture 100 student-athletes looking up to them,” Miller said, “‘Would they buy in to his message?’ He seems like a very inspirational guy and seems like he’ll do a good job following coach Baublitz.”

Miller wanted to make sure whomever he chose after Baublitz wouldn’t let Northeast football slip. The Eagles have ridden an upward trajectory recently, making the playoffs twice in 2018 and 2019.

The Eagles also captured last year’s Dena Bowl over Pasadena rival Chesapeake HIgh.

“From what I know about coach Townsend now … I feel like he’s gonna fit right in with the direction we were headed in anyway,” Miller said. “He’s a very disciplined coach, has that military background. From what I understand, his practices are very organized, under control and has a solid plan each day and each week of what he wants to accomplish. I think that goes right along with what we had with coach Baublitz as well.”

The Eagles athletic director foresees the players buying into Townsend immediately.

“I know I did,” Miller said.

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