Watkins Mill High School, opened in 1989 and won the MD 4A State Football Championship in 1993! The program has not reach the state playoffs since 1999 with a 9-1 regular season record since now retired Ken Brace. This year the team has a potential shot to advance, being in a new division 3A south. Joseph Hooks, Watkins Mill HS class of 2003, captain and collegiate athlete at Shepherd University has had years of involvement at his Alma Mater, volunteering with off-season and summer workouts hosting spring break clinic’s, evening group training’s, passing league coach, 2012-2013 JV defensive coordinator, varsity linebacker coach and special teams.
“I am no longer apart of the football staff by choice, but I am a Wolverine at heart and the players are like family to me. I had much frustration that a MCPS school could accept such poor condition equipment, that only went as high as 70 lbs, with it being broken, bent and rusted, one day I had enough, I made a YouTube video, took pictures and personally asked for alumni emails to send the gofundme.com campaign to ask for help. AD Reggie Spears was very supportive and now is intrigued to work toward other goals to improve the Wolverines training environment, I can’t forget where I came from but I know where we want the Wolverines, and where the future Montgomery Village Sports Association Chiefs will end up, they have to get bigger, stronger and faster to compete, I’m blessed to make the initiative but the alumni made it happen.”
The goal at first was $1,000.00 to obtain newer dumbbells but through motivation and intrigued alumni support the Wolverines athletics alumni and staff raised 3.000.00 online. Alumni such as Ethlynne Thomas a Watkins Mill and University of Delaware basketball alumni, Chris Kimber Wolverine and William & Mary football alumni, Mark Springirth Wolverine and Shepherd University football alumni and many more made contributions. Current Watkins Mill Athletic Director Reggie Spears was the first to support and Wolverines character coach Adam Bradley and Football Assistant Andrew Mele helped and supported the movement.
Coach Hooks, now a MVSA Chiefs 14U head coach where he played as a youth and went 14-0 and won the state championship last year, current Montgomery village Middle School substitute teacher and Montgomery County Recreation Excel beyond the Bell Site Director, wants to leave a legacy for the past Wolverines to show they care, the current Wolverines want to get better and the up and coming Chiefs/Wolverines to have something to look forward to.
“It’s allot of great talent and I am a firm believer in strength and conditioning, its prepare you to perform and after completing an internship for the University of Arizona I was able to get hands on knowledge on the phases, to perform at the highest level and was able to get connected with a salesman that blessed my Alma Mater with 3 all-purpose racks, a bench, and newer and improved dumbbells set that reach 100 lbs”
Current coach/ alumni Andrew Mele said “the kids were all hanging out in the weight room after practice”
In just 1 month and 42 donations ranging from 20-300.00 dollars the Wolverine alumni and Coach Joseph Hooks proved to Montgomery County and Montgomery Village, anything positive is possible.
Senior Captain Linebacker Clarence McNeary said via text “I’m 100% sure you had something to do with this and I want to say thank you. Thank you for caring when you don’t have to”
Pictured Coach Joseph Hooks, Anthony Zavala, Daquan Wims, Isiash Goslee
Picture by Jeffrey Vogt MoCoDaily
Story by Coach Joseph Hooks