Watkins Mill welcomes a familiar face as our new football coach for the 2022 season


Sanjay Fernando

New head football coach Chad Wilson addresses members of the football team after the announcement that he will take over from former coach Joe Allen.

Watkins Mill High School has announced that as of today alternative education teacher Chad Wilson, former offensive coordinator at Springbrook High School, will be taking over as head football coach for the Watkins Mill Wolverines next season.

After a canceled 2020 season and a 2021 season that didn’t meet pre-season expectations, former head coach Joe Allen made the tough decision to step down from his role.

Wilson has been at Watkins Mill for two years now and has been coaching for 15 years at Blake, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Springbrook high schools.

“We’re going to be bringing Watkins Mill back to the state championship level. Tell everyone around Montgomery Village that if they want to ball out with the best, they need to be here,” Wilson said.

“His vision for our program of respect, dedication, and sportsmanship were exactly the qualities we were looking for,” athletic director Lisa Magness said. “In year one, all we want him to do is build the trust. By year three, we want to be challenging in the second or third rounds, and by year five we want to be challenging for a state championship.”

Wilson is eager to achieve success with the team by building Watkins Mill to be the strongest, best conditioned, and most disciplined football team but also have some fun with it. “My goal for this season is to rebuild this program and the young men and women to set out the expectations for this program…go and win the state championship but to do that we have to start rebuilding the blocks that this history of battling,” Wilson said.

“Today is a great day to be a Wolverine,” Wilson added. “I want students to get excited that they’re going to be able to go to a Friday night game and get the experience…students and staff server a program that they can be proud of.”


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