There will be at least five new head football coaches in the York-Adams League next season.
The latest domino to fall came Wednesday, when York Suburban announced it was looking for a new coach.
Brian Freed, who has led the Trojans' program for the past two years, has resigned. Freed, 45, went 6-4 overall in both of his seasons at Suburban, going 5-4 each season in Division III.
The decision was not easy for Freed.
"This was my choice," he said. "I'm looking to switch careers and I was afraid that my new job might not fit my football schedule. With not being in the school (as a teacher), some companies don't give you the time to do it (coach football). It's my choice, but it's not a choice that was easy. It wasn't something I wanted to do. I still have a passion for it (coaching) and I hope to get back into it. But it was the best thing for the school and program to step down now."
Freed took over a program that went 2-8 in 2010 and produced back-to-back winning seasons. He feels he's leaving the program on a solid foundation. He said there's a strong base of returning players to the varsity program and that the junior high programs enjoyed success in 2012.
"I think it's in good shape," he said. "I think the kids bought in and started working really hard. The thing I'm proudest of is that my first ineligibility report was three pages long, and my last ineligibility report was a half page long. "
According to an email from Suburban athletic director Christopher Adams, the deadline for applying for the job is Feb. 27.
Freed's resignation is the latest in a flurry of football coaching moves in the York-Adams League over the past month.
Lam gets Dover job: Earlier this week, the Dover Area School Board approved the hiring of Eric Lam as the Eagles' next boss.
Lam, 36, comes to Dover with two previous seasons of head-coaching experience at Dallastown in 2003 and 2004. The Wildcats went 4-6 and 3-7 during his tenure. The 1994 Dallastown High graduate is convinced he's better prepared for his second chance at leading a program.
"I believe I've grown in many ways from my experiences in and out of coaching,"
Lam inherits a Dover team that was 4-6 last season under Bill Miller, who was not rehired. Miller had led the Dover program for 14 years over two different tenures, going 55-88.
Lam is familiar with the Eagles' players. He was the defensive coordinator and running backs coach under Miller for the 2011 Dover team that finished 9-2, earned a share of the York-Adams Division II championship and qualified for the District 3-AAA playoffs. He was also an assistant at Dover in 2010 when the Eagles finished 6-5, but he did not coach in 2012. He has been a math teacher at Dover High for three years.
"I teach in the building and have a relationship built with many of the players," Lam said. "I feel coaching is an extension of the classroom and I just enjoy that aspect. I really believe in the people (at Dover) -- (the) school and community."
Lam isn't sure yet what changes he will make to the program, but he's ready to get started.
"It's high school football -- there are good things happening, but each year is different. You can't rely on the past and worry about the future. We can only focus on preparing for this upcoming year."
Lam, who was also previously an assistant at Susquehannock High, does have one paramount goal in mind for the 2013 campaign.
"The most important aspect at this time is to communicate to the players and parents and get that buy-in," he said.
Other moves: Within the past few weeks, Northeastern and York Tech also filled their coaching openings.
Jon Scepanski, 26, succeeded Brendan Brown at Northeastern. Brown resigned following the season after guiding the Bobcats' program since its inception in 2008. Scepanski was Brown's offensive coordinator in 2012, when the Bobcats finished 7-4. Brown was 22-30 at Northeastern.
West York grad Matt Glennon, meanwhile, took over the long-suffering York Tech program from Doug Wilkinson, who was not rehired after consecutive 2-8-seasons. Glennon is a former head coach at Westmont-Hilltop and teaches at York Tech. He was the Spartans' defensive coordinator in 2012.
Ron Miller opted to stay at West York after being offered the head-coaching job at Cumberland Valley, which is considered by many to be the premier program in District 3. Miller is 72-17 at West York and his Bulldogs have won or shared six-straight York-Adams Division II crowns. CV promoted assistant Michael Whitehead to take over its program earlier this week. Whitehead is a CV grad and has been an assistant there for the last 16 years, most recently as defensive coordinator.
Red Lion has the only other open football position in the York-Adams League, following the recent resignation of Pat Conrad, who went 45-53 as the Lions' head coach. Red Lion is coming off a 1-9 campaign in 2012. Red Lion athletic director Arnie Fritzius is hoping to soon start interviews for the job.
-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.