On Monday, the man who has led the Clarksburg Coyote’s Football Program since its inception in 2006 announced that he had resigned and was stepping away from football for a while.
Larry Hurd, Jr. has been a fixture on the sidelines in The Canyon since the school opened in 2006, but in a pair of announcements on social media yesterday he said he was leaving the sidelines to pursue other options.
In a letter posted on Facebook addressed to Parents and Community of Clarksburg, Herd wrote, “It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that I have made the personal decision to move away from coaching football at this time. I have resigned my position as Head Football Coach at Clarksburg High School.”
The letter went on, “In the past year, I have found myself looking into other career paths within Montgomery County, and at this time, I would like to focus my efforts on those goals and aspirations.”
In 11 years as head coach of the Coyote Football Program Hurd, Jr. amassed a 67-48 record, with a .583 winning percentage. In just his second year as coach in 2007, he took the Coyotes from a 3-6 maiden season to the 2A West Regional Champions with a 12-1 record. In 11 years, Clarksburg had only three losing seasons under Hurd, Jr.
“Over the course of my 11 years at the school, I am very proud of the program that we have built,” he wrote in the letter to parents. “I will always relish the relationships that were made with coaches, players, and community members.”
“I would personally like to thank James Koutsos and Mike Riley for giving me this wonderful opportunity,” wrote Hurd. “Since day one, I have put everything that I had into coaching the student-athletes of Clarksburg. I continued to coach as hard as I could right up to the very last day I made this decision.”
Prior to taking over at Clarksburg, Hurd, Jr. was the head coach at Poolesville High School for three years, where he amassed a record of 31-3 from 2003 to 2005. He leaves coaching with a 94-46 record as a head coach, with a .671 winning percentage.
Coach Hurd played a big role in helping the community stay ClarksburgStrong after the tragic accident which took the lives of three of his players in June of 2016. Those players, Jacob Dennis, Patrick Shifflett, and Cary Greene, died in the crash on Burnt Hill Road late on June 7, 2016. Hurd was a featured speaker at the candlelight vigil held for the boys, and the team dedicated their season to their lost teammates.
“I am confident that the administration and athletic director will do a great job in finding a tremendous coach for the future of Coyote Football. I wish our Coyotes nothing but the best of success and luck in the future. Thank you for a wonderful 11 years,” wrote Hurd, Jr.
Top: Clarksburg Head Coach Larry A. Hurd, Jr. on the sidelines of a game during the 2016 season.
Next: The Clarksburg Coyotes will have a new coach for the first time in the 11 year history when they take the field in August of 2017.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.