Jerry Franks, who guided the Huntingtown football team to the Maryland 3A semifinals each of the past three seasons and is one of the state’s most successful high school football coaches, was hired Thursday as the new coach at St. Mary’s Ryken.
“We’re excited about it,” Ryken Athletic Director Dave Tallman said. “Our goal is definitely to build it up over the next few years and we definitely want to join the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in football]. We understand it takes some time, but we feel we have the right man to do it.”
It will be the fifth head coaching stop for Franks, who previously was at DeMatha (67-33-1 from 1972 to 1981), Northern (37-9 from 1998 to 1991), Calvert (29-14 1997-2000). He is 59-33 in eight seasons, including 42-7 the past four seasons, at Huntingtown, for a career record of 192-89-1.
Since beginning varsity competition in 2008, Ryken has yet to post a winning record, going 10-28 while playing an independent schedule. The Knights’ other varsity teams compete in the WCAC. The school opened a new on-campus stadium with artificial turf last year.
“I think it’s exciting,” Franks said. “They’ve got things in place and are ready to explode. I want to be a part of it.”
Franks, 66, was The Post’s All-Met Coach of the Year in 2000 after leading Calvert to the Maryland 3A title and was inducted into the Maryland Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
“We’re going to be scrambling to replace a legend,” Huntingtown Athletic Director VaShawne Gross said.
Franks also spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Navy and one season as the offensive coordinator at Connecticut. He will be a full-time employee at Ryken, Tallman said.