High Point names two coaches
May 6, 2004
Ted Black
Staff Writer

High Point High School has hired a new football coach and new boys' soccer coach for the 2004 seasons, but the school is still in the process of hiring individuals to fill vacancies in girls' soccer, boys' basketball and girls' basketball.

Greg Hill, a 1981 Crossland High graduate, will take over as High Point's new football coach. Hill played football for the University of Maryland in the 1980s, during the tenure of head coach Bobby Ross. Current Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen was an assistant coach with the Terrapins at the time.

Hill, who has spent the previous seasons as a defensive coordinator at O'Connell (Va.) and Flowers, will teach physical education at High Point. He will take over a High Point program that has struggled for several years. The Eagles went 1-9 last fall and 2-7 in 2002, both seasons under former coach Jackson Brown. In the past six seasons, dating back into the 12-year tenure of Dale Castro, the Eagles are 21-38. In 12 seasons (1989-2001) Castro guided the program to a 72-54 mark and four playoff appearances, including a state championship game loss to Quince Orchard in 1991 and a state semifinal loss in 1997.

Ricardo Hernandez, who played soccer for Arundel, where he earned all-state honors, and later graduated from St. Mary's College, is the new boys' soccer coach. Hernandez replaces longtime coach Ken Griffith, who has since moved to West Virginia. Hernandez will also become a physical education teacher at the school this fall after completing the present school year at Greenbelt Middle School.

Hernandez assumes control of a program that has been one of the most competitive in Class 4A over the past few seasons. High Point reached the 4A state semifinals in 2001 and was the 4A state runner-up in 2002, losing the title game to Winston Churchill. Griffith coached the boys' soccer team at the Beltsville school for 22 seasons and also had two stints as the school's girls' basketball coach, including the past two seasons.

"We still have several coaching vacancies, and we're still in the midst of interviewing candidates for the winter sports coaching jobs," said High Point athletic director Ernie Welch. "We still have several candidates that we need to interview for those positions. We can not hire winter sports coaches until after May 10. We had a number of very strong candidates for the fall coaching vacancies and I think we selected the best ones."

Hill tried out for several National Football League teams and was on the practice squad for two of them, but his biggest claim to fame occurred in November 1984 as a member of the Terrapins. Maryland trailed the University of Miami 31-0 at halftime, but rallied behind senior quarterback Frank Reich for a 42-41 victory. Hill scored the winning touchdown on a punt return.

E-mail Ted Black at tblack@gazette.net.