Sunday, March 09, 2014 6:47 AM
Published on: Thursday, January 31, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Richard Montgomery High School has announced the hiring of its new head football coach.
Former Quince Orchard assistant Joshua Klotz will inherit a program that appears to be on the rise.
“Proud to officially announce Josh Klotz, new RM Head Football Coach. Welcome to the Rocket Family! Let the grinding begin!” Rockets Athletic Director Jon Freda tweeted on Jan. 23.
Klotz replaces Neal Owens who guided the Rockville school to an 11-19 record in three seasons at the helm including a 6-4 mark last year.
Klotz becomes the third Quince Orchard offensive coordinator in the past six years to land a head coaching job in the county.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for him and also understand why he would make that decision, no one wants to be an assistant coach forever,” said Quince Orchard senior running back Tyrell Williams. “I think he can do some really great things with the kids at RM and I wish him the best of luck. It’s a well deserved job.”
Mike Nesmith left Quince Orchard in 2007 to become the head coach at Paint Branch. A year later, Eric Wallich became the head coach at Damascus after a short stint as Quince Orchard’s offensive coordinator.
“I think it’s a great hire for RM,” said Nesmith, who was an assistant at Quince Orchard from 2002-2006. “He knows first hand what it takes to maintain an elite program and that’s what he’ll work tirelessly for.”
Klotz helped guide Quince Orchard to back-to-back Maryland 4A state title game appearances over the last two seasons. The Cougars have compiled a 25-3 record during that time span.
“The person they are getting is probably just as good as the coach,” said Quince Orchard senior wide receiver Matt Choi, who took over at quarterback and led the Cougars to the state title game. “The amount of knowledge that he has about this game excels most coaches I’ve been around. The energy and fun he brings makes it fun to practice. RM is so lucky to have this man to be the face of their program and I’m sure he will turn things around there in a couple years.”