Mount Carmel is searching for a new head football coach for the first time in seven years after Daryl Jackson stepped down from the position.
Cougars athletic director Alex Brylske believes that the biggest keyword for the position is “opportunity.” It is a team that participates in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference and has nestled into the fabric of Essex community since 1927, which hosts roughly 500 students.
“It’s a bit cliche, but the word is culture,” Brylske said. “When working with young people, it boils down to relationships. Creating culture is all about creating relationships that you create with your student-athletes and the ones that they create with one another. When you have a group like a football team, especially on a small campus. The football team will be largest defined group on campus and it brings the power to shape and impact the good, the vibrance and all of the things that make a community excellent.”
Jackson took the program to a 23-26 record during his tenure and will remain at the school as the Director of Student Services. With the role of the COVID-19 pandemic and his son graduating this year, Jackson felt that it was time to bestow the reigns of the role onto new leadership and to focus on his position at the institution.
The former Morgan State star holds the school record for most career passing yards (5,066), is tied for the most career touchdown passes (31) and holds the single-game record for touchdown passes (four). He was inducted into the Morgan State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
The Cougars began their football program in 2010 under the tutelage of head coach Robb Johnson. Mount Carmel started with 25 players on its varsity football roster that season, many of which had never played football. Johnson began to bring in football players to the school and built the program from a 2-5 record in its first season to a 4-6 record in his third and final season.