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McNamara fires head football coach

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Published on: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

By Brandy L. Simms

DeMatha graduate Bryce Bevill is out after nine seasons as the head football coach at Bishop McNamara.

The Forestville private school fired Bevill after the coach failed to make the Mustangs a competitive program despite boasting Division I talent.

McNamara competes in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference against Good Counsel, DeMatha, Gonzaga and other high-profile D.C. area programs, but the Mustangs failed to compile wins against the league’s upper echelon teams.

“I’m not ignorant to the fact that you have to win — especially in the WCAC,” Bevill said. “If I was in administration, I would have made the same move.”

During Bevill’s tenure at McNamara, he guided the Mustangs to a 38-55 overall record including a 22-39 mark in the WCAC.

Although Bevill led McNamara to four consecutive playoff appearances during his reign, the Mustangs have not qualified for the postseason since 2009. McNamara finished 4-7 this season, including a 1-5 league mark, despite boasting numerous college-bound players.

McNamara seniors Kevin Robbins and Darius Commissiong have verbally committed to Georgia Tech and classmate Milan Collins has pledged to Maryland. Damian Prince, a highly-regarded junior offensive lineman, has scholarship offers from various Division I programs.

Bevill, a former DeMatha assistant, said he was proud of the fact that he was able to place various student-athletes into college programs at all levels. The McNamara football program has sent players to the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Ivy League and Division III institutions since Bevill took over nearly a decade ago.

“In nine years over $3 million in scholarship and tuition assistance,” Bevill said. “To me, that’s what it’s all about.”

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