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Makosy calls it quits at Hammond after four years at the helm

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Published on: Thursday, December 13, 2012

By Brandy L. Simms

Dan Makosy has resigned after four seasons guiding the football program at Hammond High School.

The former Damascus head coach was hired in 2009 to help turn around a struggling program at the Howard County public school.

“We turned it around,” said Makosy, who led the Bears to a 10-2 record and the Columbia school’s first ever postseason appearance in 2010. “They aren’t the pushover anymore.”

In fact, the Bears were Howard County co-champions along with River Hill during the 2010 campaign. Makosy compiled a 24-18 record during his four-year stint including a 5-5 mark this year.

“I did all I can do there,” he said. “They need a strong personality in the building to keep them out of trouble.”

During a decade-long tenure at Damascus, Makosy became one of the most successful football coaches in Montgomery County history. He compiled a 102-20 record and guided the Swarmin’ Hornets to three Maryland state titles.

In 2005, Makosy led Damascus to a 14-0 record including the Maryland 3A state championship and was named The Sentinel Coach of the Year.

Amid complaints to school administrators over his personal finances, Makosy was unceremoniously removed from the head coaching position at Damascus and had a brief stint as an assistant at Einstein before landing the head job at Hammond.

Makosy said he wanted to focus his attention on his three boys who play football in the Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association.

“I really enjoyed going to their evening practices and I don’t want to miss that,” he said.

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