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Former NFL linebacker to coach Bishop McNamara football team


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Published on: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Bishop McNamara has named former NFL linebacker Keith Goganious as the Forestville private school’s new head football coach.

“Congratulations to Keith Goganious as he was selected as the next Head Football Coach at Bishop McNamara High School,” Mustangs’ Athletic Director Anthony Johnson tweeted on Jan. 18.

Goganious replaces Bryce Bevill, who guided the Mustangs to a 38-55 overall record including a 22-39 mark in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference during nine seasons at the helm.

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,” said Bevill. “If I was in administration, I would have made the same move.”

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 last 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.

Goganious, a Virginia Beach native who starred collegiately at Penn State, spent five years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens.

He served as the head football coach at North Point High School in Waldorf before joining the coaching staff at Hampton University where he’s spent the last three years as the Pirates’ defensive coordinator.

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