Two coaches earn 100th career wins
Dunbar’s Smith, Milford Mill’s White guide programs at their alma maters
Dunbar’s Lawrence Smith and Milford Mill’s Reggie White joined an exclusive football coaching club in the past two weeks when they reached their 100th career victories.
Twenty-five Maryland high school coaches have won100 or more games.
Smith earned his with Friday’s 33-0 victory over Patterson. In his 10th season as Poets coach, Smith has reached 100 wins faster than all but two coaches in state history. It took him just 117 games. “It means the world to me,” Smith said. “I was just looking the other night at the first-ever game, when we played Gwynn Park in 2007 [a 27-6 win]. That was the first game right after Coach [Ben] Eaton had passed. I would have never thought at that time that I would be head coach at Dunbar, so that was the first game, and it’s a great milestone, especially coming against a rival team that has been a thorn in my side since I’ve been the head coach.”
Only former Hereford coach Steve Turnbaugh and former DeMatha coach Bill McGregor got to 100 faster. Turnbaugh made it in 115 games and McGregor in 116.
“It means a lot to be mentioned up in the state of Maryland with some of the greatest names,” Smith said. “When you’re talking about Bill McGregor, that’s one of my biggest mentors. I can call Coach McGregor for anything. To be mentioned in the same breath with him, when the NFL still says he’s the greatest high school football coach ever, it means a lot, especially for our program being in Baltimore City.” Smith
While Smith knew he came into the season with 99 wins — and he endured two losses before he reached 100 — White wasn’t sure just where he stood.
So his milestone went by unnoticed when the Millers upset Dundalk, last year’s Class 3A state finalist, 27-22, on Sept. 9.
“I figured I would not say anything and it would come when it comes, so I haven’t said a word,” White said. “I can’t lie and say it wasn’t in the back of my head. I was just reading about Lawrence, and I’m so happy for him and his achievements, but I wasn’t sure of the numbers myself.”
With the Millers off to a 3-0 start, White is 101-65 in 14 years. He pointed out that reaching the milestone took a lot of help from coaches, players, administration and family.
White, who spent four years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers and the New England Patriots, played on the Millers’ 1987 state championship team.
“The incredible part is doing it at your alma mater and being able to coach both of my sons has been just awesome,” said White.
Reggie White Jr. is a wide receiver at Monmouth, and Nicholas White is an offensive lineman at Milford Mill.
“I did the college thing for a while and I Milford Mill’s Reggie White, left, is congratulated by Dunbar’s Lawrence Smith on being named Ravens high school football Coach of the Year for 2012. never saw my kids, so I said, ‘The heck with that. I want to coach high school and see them every day,’ ” White said. “I have a level of love for my school that’s second to none. It makes me a lot prouder to do it at my alma mater.”
Smith, who played for Pete Pompey at Dunbar, agreed.
“Coaching at my alma mater is really special. I was always close to Coach [Bob] Wade as a mentor, and he showed me the ropes and the do’s and don’ts of being a coach at Dunbar and how special” it is, said Smith, who has guided the Poets to five state championships and a berth in the playoffs every year.