It will be the first head coaching opportunity for the 33-year-old Klotz, who has served as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator for four seasons. A Central Pennsylvania native, Klotz has had assistant coaching stints at North Penn (Pa.) and Bethesda-Chevy Chase in 2006. He will replace Neal Owens, who resigned in November after leading Richard Montgomery to a 6-4 record and a berth into the Maryland 4A playoffs.
“That’s one of the things that I’m so excited about. It seems like they have a good foundation,” said Klotz, who said he interviewed on Jan. 11. “Everybody is really excited, really supportive, and I think that goes a long way in showing how good of a program it can be. All the pieces are in place.”
Klotz, who currently teaches English at Quince Orchard, said no deal is in place for him to teach at Richard Montgomery next fall. He will bring former Quince Orchard linebackers coach Mike Wheeler aboard to serve as his defensive coordinator, and is currently conducting interviews to fill other positions on his staff. He said Wednesday that Wheeler is the only coach from Quince Orchard who will follow him to Richard Montgomery. The Rockets’ winter conditioning program will begin Feb. 4.
Klotz said his top priorities heading into spring are to generate higher turnout in the program and to install a weight lifting regiment for his team.
“I just want to help the kids develop some type of swagger,” Klotz said.
Freda said Wednesday that over 20 applicants pursued the job opening, but that Klotz presented the best overall vision for the program during the interview process. He brought binders with a “plan,” said Freda, and presented a handbook similar to the one he will give to his new players outlining the core values of the program.
“On top of his football knowledge, and his preparation, (are) his references of being a great coach and a great teacher,” Freda said. “He was the complete package.”