Two coaches earn 100th ca­reer wins

Dun­bar’s Smith, Mil­ford Mill’s White guide pro­grams at their alma maters

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/ kdunnsun

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.

LLOYD FOX/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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