Hoping to capitalize on the momentum of back-to-back Maryland 4A West football playoff appearances, Bethesda-Chevy Chase has promoted from within to fill its head coaching vacancy. The Montgomery County public school announced Monday that former junior varsity coach Josh Singer will replace Rich Noland, who stepped down in November to spend more time with his family after four seasons.
Singer, 28, said he’s hopeful the staff will stay mostly intact going forward and plans to build on many of the philosophies that made the Barons successful under Noland. The team had not posted back-to-back winning seasons since 1967 before finishing above .500 each of the past three years.
“There’s a pride the kids have when they’re walking through the hallways now,” Singer said. “They’re not the butt of the joke. They can be proud of what they’ve accomplished, on and off the field.”
A Falls Church native, Singer arrived at B-CC to teach social studies in 2006 and joined the football staff when Noland came aboard three years later. He logged one season as the junior varsity defensive coordinator before serving as junior varsity head coach and offensive play-caller the past three years.
Singer, who interviewed for the position on Friday, also serves as the junior varsity wrestling coach, though he said he will have to cut back on his responsibilities with that program going forward to lighten his workload.
As part of the search to fill the position, B-CC Athletic Director Jim Tapley said he consulted with Noland and several current players who endorsed Singer as the choice.
“Josh is a perfect fit of matching the coach with the school setting," Tapley said. “He understands the school and our students, not just the football players. . . . He’s been involved in a bunch of different facets of our school and been very successful in all of them.”
Bethesda-Chevy Chase went 23-19 under Noland, losing in the first round of the Maryland 4A West playoffs to eventual state runner-up Quince Orchard each of the past two seasons. The Barons found success using a Navy-style triple-option offense, and Singer said the team will likely continue employ the power formation as its base set.
“As any coach would, I think we’re going to try to tweak some things going into next year that we’d like to improve,” Singer said, “but I don’t think stability’s such a bad thing.”