I was finishing up this contract down in Virginia and I had some more free time in the afternoon. I got a Facebook message from an old college teammate asking if I was interested in coaching. I considered it because it was a head coaching job, and being a head coach is more managerial and getting your assistants to follow your leadership and vision. A month later I interviewed, and two months later I got the job.
Coming from this area, Bladensburg has been a lower-tier 4A school for years. Everyone saw me and that I had come from DeMatha, and thought that since I was still close friends with the coach there that I would end up there. But I wanted to do something totally different. It is a very low-income area, with a lot of young parents. I wanted to embrace that and take the underdog role. I was an underdog in college and in the pros, so I thought why not for be one for coaching as well.
I would consider that my greatest accomplishment if I could turn that program around. For me to be able to turn those kids around, and for their mindset to be, “A guy from this area has made it, we look the same, we listen to the same music, etc.” I’m hoping that they can see that and hold onto it.