Marc Thomas resigns as Sherwood football coach

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 4, 2011; 1:18 PM

Sherwood football coach Marc Thomas has resigned after just one season, leaving one of the Washington area's most successful football programs in search of its fourth head coach in as many seasons.

Thomas made the announcement Tuesday morning, a day after the team's annual postseason banquet.

"I've been on a football team every year since third grade, whether [it's] as a player or a coach," Marc Thomas, 36, said, "and I really need a little bit of a break. I knew that if I stayed after this year, I would be committing myself to this for five or 10 years and I couldn't do that at this time."

After serving as an assistant for six seasons, Thomas became head coach last July when Pat Cilento suddenly resigned after his first season just three weeks before the start of practice last year to take the same position at Bullis. Marc Thomas was already serving as Sherwood's offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach, but when he became head coach, the three roles became too taxing.

Al Thomas, Marc's father, led Seneca Valley, Damascus and Sherwood to a combined eight state championships. Marc Thomas, however, said at the time of his hiring that he never had head-coaching aspirations, but that he took the job in order to preserve some stability within the program.

The Warriors went 10-2 this past fall, their sixth straight season with at least 10 victories, the first Montgomery County team to do so since Springbrook (1985-90) did it 20 years ago.

Sherwood won the Maryland 4A title in 2008, was the 4A runner-up in 2005 and '06 and reached the 4A semifinals in 2009.

According to a source with knowledge of a staff meeting last Thursday, Al Thomas, 72, offered to step in and coach the team next season if the rest of the staff promised to return, but Marc Thomas was adamantly opposed to that.

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