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A letter from Coach Dave Mencarini

by MoCoFootball Staff on 02/11/14

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dear Parents, Students, and members of the Quince Orchard Community,

          It is with great emotion that I type this letter to inform you that I have been offered and accepted the Head Football position at Urbana High School. I met with all of the current players today at lunch to inform them of my decision. As you can imagine, it was quite emotional for the kids and me. It is very important that you hear from me directly as opposed to second hand sources. My decision to leave Quince Orchard has nothing to do with how I feel about this community, school, program, and the incredible people associated with it. It is strictly based on what I feel is best for my family, specifically my daughters, Courtney and Camille.

          As you are aware, I live in the Urbana community and my girls will attend Urbana High School in a few years. I only know one way to run a football program, full-steam ahead. This obviously takes a lot of time and energy. It also takes a tremendous amount of time and energy away from my family. I absolutely love teaching, coaching, mentoring, and developing young men using the sport of football. It is who I am and what I am passionate about. Simply, I miss my girls. They are growing up so fast. They need their dad around more. This move allows me to accomplish two things: continue to do what I love and be a better dad.

          The past 12 years that I have spent in this community have been such a rewarding and incredible experience it cannot be put into words. I am so proud of the young men who believed in the vision of this program and who allowed myself and our coaches to help them develop life-long skills, values, and relationships. The accomplishments that have occurred in the past decade could not have been achieved without incredible assistant coaches, supportive administration, and the best fans in the state of Maryland, the Red Army.

          Aside from the all the great victories and agonizing defeats, I'm most proud of how Quince Orchard Football is now synonymous with the elite programs in the state of Maryland. This will continue moving forward. I am very confident that whoever is chosen to take the position of head coach will have great success because ultimately there are great young men and special people associated with this program. Although my decision may create some uncertainty about the future, rest assured that this program is very stable.

          I cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support for the past 10 years. I could not have written a better chapter of my life. Although I am very excited about this next chapter, I will always keep the Cougar family close to my heart. I bleed red and black and that will never change. It's been a tremendous honor to be the Head Football Coach at Quince Orchard High School.

With Much Love and Appreciation,

Dave Mencarini

Mencarini as Cougars Head Coach

  • Three undefeated regular seasons: 2007, 2009, 2011
  • Four-time Montgomery County Coach of the Year
  • 2007 Maryland State Coach of the Year
  • 2007 Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year
  • 2007 Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Year
  • Over 35 QO Cougars signed to play NCAA football
  • Nine Maryland All-State 1st Team Players
  • 10 playoff appearances in 10 seasons
  • Eight 10+ win seasons (out of 10)
  • Nine Regional Finals appearances
  • Three 4A West Regional Titles
  • One Maryland State Championship, three total State Finals appearances
  • Assistants who became head coaches: Mike Nesmith (Paint Branch), Eric Wallich (Damascus), Mike Neubeiser (Northwest), Joshua Klotz (Richard Montgomery).
The Quince Orchard Cougars under Dave Mencarini
Year Record   PF PA Net
2004 8-3 Regional Semifinalist 27.5 12.8 302-141= 161
2005 10-2 Regional Finalist 29.4 11.8 353-142= 211
2006 10-2 Regional Finalist 32.4 19.6 389-229= 160
2007 14-0 State Champions 33.6 10.6 471-149= 322
2008 10-2 Regional Finalist 31.6 10.7 379-129= 250
2009 11-1 Regional Finalist 32.3 11.2 387-135= 252
2010 9-3 Regional Finalist 28.4 14.3 341-172= 169
2011 13-1 State Finalist 31.7 12.2 444-147= 297
2012 12-2 State Finalist 36.7 7.2 514-101= 413
2013 10-2 Regional Finalist 37.3 9.1 447-110= 337
  107-18 | .856%

-photo via The Washington Post

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