Deshawn Anderson has waited 10-plus years for the chance to fashion his own high school football program. So what’s one more day?
Last week, Anderson was hired as Blake’s new varsity coach, and he didn’t dawdle, holding an informational meeting for parents Thursday and scheduling his first offseason workout for Monday afternoon. The former was a resounding success, while the latter was snowed out.
Anderson, 39, served as Clarksburg’s defensive coordinator this season and played linebacker collegiately under Hall of Fame Coach Darnell Moore at Norfolk State from 1993-97. He plans to install a base 4-3 defense.
“It’s an opportunity to build a program of my own, to change the culture within the school in terms of winning and excellence,” Anderson said. “The opportunity came about, so I decided to step up and accept the challenge.”
After back-to-back playoff seasons in 2011 and 2012, the Bengals sputtered to 2-8 finishes in the past two seasons. But besides recent struggles on the field, Anderson said he’ll have to contend with an exodus of potential players who have already transferred to nearby Paint Branch.
“A lot of kids have been leaving, and we’re trying to get those kids back,” he said. “We want them to be part of this family we’re building for years to come. “
Anderson replaces Tony Nazzaro, who resigned in November after 13 seasons. The Bengals will move down one classification next fall to compete in the Montgomery 3A South Region.
Joe Allen, who two weeks ago stepped down as varsity football at Churchill, has accepted the same position at Northwood High School in Silver Spring. Upon his resignation, Allen cited a desire to coach closer to his Olney home, and to be closer to his son, a rising sophomore football player at Sherwood.
Phone calls to Allen were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.