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In the winter of 2010, after just finishing an undefeated regular season with a disappointing loss to Middletown in the 2A West regional finals, two members of the South Carroll coaching staff realized there was more work to be done to get the football team to become bigger, stronger and faster - and they had just the plan on how to accomplish it.
Taking a page from their father's playbook when he founded Four County Little League early in the 90s, Vince and AJ Rusbosin decided to put their strong sense of family to work for the football program, and created Four County Strength & Conditioning. In the six years since, they have seen the results of their hard work pay off as the football program has achieved greater success, become a fixture in the state playoffs, and become a tighter-knit group on the football field.
Vince and AJ were already long-time fixtures on the South Carroll sidelines, having both played their high school football for the Cavaliers in the late 90s and early 00s, and earning multiple All-CMC and All-County honors between them before returning to begin coaching for the school in 2008. Each coach possesses degrees in exercise science plus advanced degrees and certifications in strength training, and they bring all of that experience and knowledge to bear when working with local athletes, training them to get the most out of their athletic skills.
One of the strengths of the South Carroll football program is the depth of experience and knowledge on the coaching staff at all levels. The varsity staff in particular, is comprised of past playing talent, coaches with numerous awards and accolades, and an underlying dedication to the instruction of sound, fundamental football.
In 2016, the coaching staff gets just a little better with the addition of experienced coaches to the various levels.
They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and in the case of the closing of North Carroll High School, the silver lining is the welcomed addition of it's young and successful head football coach Todd Edmondson to the coaching staff here at South Carroll starting this season. "I am always looking for good coaches here at South Carroll and knew with the combining of the two schools up North that this was an opportunity to try to add an experienced coach to our staff," Coach Luette said when asked about the addition on Monday.
Todd Edmondson, a 2002 Westminster Defensive Player of the Year and 2015 National Federation of High Schools Maryland Football Coach of the Year, joins the South Carroll varsity coaching staff this season and will immediately step in to handle the running backs and special teams duties for head coach Steve Luette. In his time at Westminster, Todd was instrumental as a blocking back helping the offense to gain over 2,500yds rushing during his senior season. It's that work ethic, along with his intense on-field demeanor, that is a cause for high hopes that he'll direct the players he coaches to great success while at South Carroll. Coach Luette went on to say, "Our coaches are very excited to have Coach Edmondson joining the staff. They would rather have him coaching with us than against us. They view this as an opportunity to try and help propel us to the next level."
The South Carroll coaching staff also welcomes new coach Bill Callahan and two other coaches back to the program after a year away, Phil Flannery and John Battiste. All three coaches will be working on the Freshman-JV staff, with Callahan handling offensive duties for the Freshman team and Flannery running the defense. Battiste will step back into his role as assistant offensive coach with the JV team.
The 2016 Cavalier Football Camp was a lot of fun; we spent the week working with players from grades 1st through 9th, teaching & reenforcing football skills needed to advance their talent for next season.
Seniors Henry Cook (LB) and Jamar Williams (AP) were honored by the Baltimore Touchdown Club with selections to the annual Super 22 team. Players nominated have received All-State, All-League and/or All-Conference honors after their Junior Season. Additionally, academic performance was considered in the nomination process, along with performance on the athletic field.
Selection to the team, and the banquet itself, has become a long-standing highlight of the Baltimore high school football community. Numerous players featured at this banquet have played for BCS schools and other fine institutions across the United States. Thirty-four of our Super 22 Alumnus has been to NFL camps and several are on NFL rosters.
A 2013 inductee into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame, Mike graduated in 1989 with a wide variety of accolades and accomplishments spanning his career at South Carroll. His senior season football team won the Central Maryland Conference championship, and in basketball they lost after advancing all the way to the state finals. In football, Mike was selected as a first-team All-County quarterback and linebacker, and was named both the offensive and defensive player of the year.
Mike went on to attend the University of South Carolina, playing four years as a linebacker for the Gamecocks.
On hand (and pictured) at tonight's event along with Mike were current Defensive Coordinator Mike Kraus, along with former Head Coaches Gene Brown & Ken Parker (Mike's football coach while at SC) and current Head Coach Steve Luette.
Also deserving of recognition at being inducted into this year's class is Todd Ashley (track & field), Kim Forman (hockey, basketball, track & field), Sandy Jankevicius (volleyball, basketball, tennis), and Coach Bill Stricker (soccer & baseball). Congratulations to all of tonight's inductees!
The South Carroll High School Athletic Boosters would like to extend an offer to local businesses to reserve their place in the Cavaliers stadium by purchasing a banner to be displayed all year long. The banners will be offered in three sizes; 2’ (H) x 3’ (W) for $250.00, 3’ (H) x 5’ (W) for $500, or 5’ (H) x 8’ (W) for $1,000.00. All banners will be displayed during every home event until the end of the year. Each banner will be white with school color lettering and will have the Cavalier mascot posted on the corner.
We need your help in soliciting local businesses to sponsor our athletic programs. Please pass this information on to any business in the area that you work with and help us get them on board to help raise funds to support our athletes.
If you are interested in reserving your space, please fill out the attached form. Please fax to 410-549-5083 or mail to: South Carroll High School Athletic Boosters – 1300 W. Liberty Road, Sykesville , MD 21784.