Linganore’s Rick Collins named BTC Coach of the Week
This week’s Baltimore Touchdown Club Coach of the Week is no stranger to success or awards. Linganore’s Rick Conner is already a member of the Maryland State Football Coaches Hall of Fame, but more than ever, he is enjoying the moments with his team.
The Lancers had another big moment to enjoy last Friday when they defeated rival Urbana in the I-70 Challenge, 62-10. The victory guaranteed Linganore a home game in the first round of the 3A state playoffs and brought more recognition to the program by earning the BTC honor for their coach.
“As I have gotten older, I let them enjoy the moment with reason,” said Conner, who now has 147 career wins. “The last week of the regular season can be tricky. This year it was Urbana’s last game so they really had no reason to hold back and were in a position to use trick plays, gamble on defense and we were already in the playoffs, so it was one of those games that had the makings of craziness.”
In Conner’s eyes every one of his team’s is unique.
“Yes, each team has their own personality, year in and year out,” he said. “This team is lead by our seniors and they are a really tight knit group, fun to be around. They have improved markedly each year on the field and in their training. They also are one of the better academic teams I’ve coached.”
Conner relies heavily on his assistant coaches.
“Chris O’Connor is in charge of the offense and he works primarily with our line coaches, Mike Rich and Jordan Dixon,” said Conner. “Our running backs coach is Herman King and Duane Musselman tutors our quarterbacks. On defense Scott Willett, Marty Higgins, Rich Thompson and Jack Felton run the show. Ward Kline is our manager of 31 years.”
Conner also had high praise for the Baltimore Touchdown Club.
“I’ve always been a big fan of the BTC. Anything they get involved with is top notch and for the kids. I think the leadership has done a great job of recognizing what the high school game is all about.
Please list the members of your coaching staff and tell me how valuable they are to the success of your program?
“In my opinion, the BTC is a winner when it comes to kids being first and promoting the great game of football across the state. Just look how the BTC all-star game has grown. The BTC brings all of football together and we are all better because of it.”