Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:30 AM
Published on: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Brandy L. Simms, Sentinel Sports Reporter
The Friendly High School football program will have a new head coach next fall following the departure of Peter Quaweay who has stepped down after a four-year stint at the Fort Washington public school.
Bishop McNamara assistant Vaughn Smith will take over the helm of the program according to sources.
Quaweay, a former college football player at Michigan State, said he wants to make the jump to the next level.
“I feel like it is the right time for me that’s all,” he said.
Quaweay has experience coaching on the collegiate level as an assistant at Rhode Island, Duquesne and Dean College prior to his stint at Friendly.
During his tenure at Friendly, Quaweay guided the Patriots to postseason appearances twice in four years but he’s proud of the fact that he changed the academic culture for the football program.
“I’m really proud of that,” he said. “It’s not about wins and losses. We never had issues with losing even though we didn’t win like we wanted to. I’m really proud of that. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
Last season, Friendly had more than six student-athletes who carried a 3.7 grade point average or better.
Khalen Rouse, Isaiah Dozier, Alameen Murphy and Isaiah Ryan were among Friendly’s highest-achieving student-athletes last season said Quaweay.
Murphy, who boasts a 3.9 grade point average, has signed a national letter of intent to play college football at Stanford.
During Quaweay’s four-year tenure at Friendly, the football program produced more than a dozen student-athletes who matriculated to college programs including Sherrod Baltimore (Maine), Delonta Hall (Morgan State) and Ray Edelen (Bowie State).
“My kids are really obsessed about their grades and I’m really proud of that,” said Quaweay.