Bethesda Chevy-Chase football coach Rich Noland resigned Tuesday, just three weeks after leading the Barons to their second consecutive appearance in the Maryland 4A playoffs.
Noland said Tuesday evening that he wanted to spend more time with his two children, aged 9 and 12, during the season. He notified athletic director Jim Tapley on Tuesday morning of his decision and met with players later that afternoon.
“In a few more years. . . they’re going to be in high school and gone,” Nolan said. “You don’t get those years back.”
After taking over for former B-CC coach and current Churchill Coach Joe Allen in 2009, Noland posted a 23-17 record over four seasons, including back-to-back 7-3 seasons in 2011 and 2012. The Barons lost to Quince Orchard in the first round of the 4A West region playoffs in each of those seasons, including a 55-13 loss on Nov. 9.
Noland, who will continue to teach psychology and history at the school, said he believes the program has developed a winning culture over the last several years, one that won’t fade after he leaves.
“Expectations. . . probably the thing I’m most proud of,” said Noland. “[The kids] don’t go through the schedule anymore, and say well, ‘that’s a win, that’s a loss, that’s a win, that’s a loss.’ You know they come in each week and they expect to compete and they expect to do well.”
Tapley said the school has no “heir apparent” and will begin interviewing candidates for the vacancy soon.
“Like I told him, I’m sorry to see you go. (Noland) really has the B-CC community figured out,” Tapley said. “He’s impressed me.”