Dave Carruthers has stepped down as football coach at Urbana, ending one of the most successful tenures in Maryland history.
Carruthers, who coached at Urbana since the Frederick County school opened in 1995, led the Hawks to four straight state titles from 1998 to 2001, a stretch in which Urbana won a state public school-record 50 straight games. His resignation was first reported by the Frederick News-Post.
"I don't think anybody can expect to have the success that we had [at Urbana]," said Carruthers, the 2001 All-Met coach of the year. "As a coach, we all hope to win every game. For me, I happened to be at the right place at the right time. I had some great athletes, coaches and a great community around me.
"If anybody could have 10 years like I had in anything and be that successful, it would be very gratifying."
Before taking over at Urbana, Carruthers won two state titles during a 16-year stint at Linganore, making him one of only three coaches in state history -- along with Al Thomas and Bob Milloy -- to win state championships at two schools.
Carruthers, 64, informed the school of his decision on Monday. He said he made the decision because of changes in the state's retire-rehire program, which allows retired teachers to continue teaching while collecting their pensions. Carruthers, who taught physical education at Urbana, said he will finish the school year but plans to pursue coaching opportunities in Pennsylvania; he moved to Littlestown, Pa., last month.
Urbana Athletic Director Jeannie Prevosto said that she has advertised the coaching position within the school and that she hopes to find a replacement "as soon as possible."
"I think the tradition he started is embedded in the program," Prevosto said. "The goal is obviously to have that continue. . . . [The players] know that things change and we have to move forward."
O'Connell's Neal Commits to Maryland
O'Connell All-Met forward Dave Neal committed to play basketball for Maryland and plans to sign a letter-of-intent next week to accept a scholarship from the Terrapins.
Neal, a 6-foot-7 senior, averaged 19.8 points and 13 rebounds for the Knights this past season, earning praise from many opposing coaches for his hard work and improvement.
Neal passed up other scholarship offers prior to the season in hopes of attracting one from Maryland or Georgetown. He was rewarded when Terrapins Coach Gary Williams made an offer last week.
"The bottom line is you can't coach something Dave has, and that's great touch," O'Connell Coach Joe Wootten said. "It's a special gift."
Montrose Christian Sends 2 All-Stars
Montrose Christian All-Met Uche Echefu and senior teammate K.J. Matsui will play for the World Select team in tomorrow's Nike Hoops Summit in Memphis. The 10-man team will face a squad from USA Basketball made up of many of the top U.S.-born high school seniors.
This is the third consecutive season Montrose has had a player selected to this all-star game, following All-Met Player of the Year Linas Kleiza in 2003, and guard Churchill Odia last year. . . .
DeMatha's Nick Pearce, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, threw a perfect game in the fifth-ranked Stags' 2-0 victory over rival Gonzaga. Pearce, a junior, improved to 4-0 and DeMatha upped its record to 10-4, 2-0 in the WCAC. . . .
Blair's softball team improved to 5-0 behind sophomore Annie Denenberg's no-hitter in a 6-0 win over Walter Johnson at home. Denenberg improved to 3-0 and has yet to yield a run this season.
-- Andrew Levine, Josh Barr and Alan Goldenbach