Tom Petre, linebackers and running backs coach for North Point, was hired as head football coach for the Eagles. Petre joined North Point’s staff as a physical education teacher and football assistant last year after spending six years at nearby McDonough, where he was an assistant coach working with linebackers and running backs and also coached the junior varsity .
Petre took over offseason strength and conditioning after Ken Lane resigned in March after seven years as head coach. His ability to take charge of the workouts and his plans for the program made him stand out among a pool of competitive applicants, North Point Athletic Director Andy Shattuck said.
“He has a great plan as far as academics, leadership, accountability, practices and his schemes itself are sound,” Shattuck said. “In an interview, it was not just him saying all the right things, but you can see the vision laid out and his plan of action and the way he will streamline things.”
Shattuck said the response from the players was overwhelmingly positive, and Petre’s energy and intensity have helped him develop strong relationships with the Eagles. The next step is to take the program that Lane built and bring it to a level where North Point is a consistent conference leader and playoff contender.
“Lane truly laid a foundation for the program,” Petre said. “And now it’s about identifying what we need to do to get better, new strategies, what directions to change things or if we don’t want to change things. Our goal is always going to compete to our fullest. And if we compete hard throughout our offseason we can do so in the regular season.”
The Eagles have made five playoff appearances and took four conference titles since the school opened in 2007, but they did not make the playoffs in 2013. Last year’s 6-4 record and losses to Huntingtown and Westlake left some of the juniors, including returning quarterback Brandon Battle, with a “bad taste,” Shattuck said, and they have taken it upon themselves to focus on the offseason. He notes that the Eagles have to be realistic in a 4A field of competitive Anne Arundel and Prince George’s schools, but North Point should still be aiming to make the playoffs every year.
Petre had ample playoff experience with at McDonough — his six years with the Rams included five playoff appearances, two regional championships, a state finals appearance and a state championship.