Sussex Tech’s new head football coach is no stranger to downstate fans.
Mark Quillin, who served 12 seasons as David Hearn’s defensive coordinator at Delmar, was named the Ravens’ head coach on Thursday. He replaces Bernie Nowakowski, who coached the last three years.
“It’s just a great opportunity. I’m excited about it,” Quillin said. “I’ve been involved with some great coaches; they’ve taught me a lot. So I feel at this time in my life, I’m really prepared to move forward and hopefully lead the Ravens to many successful years.”
Quillin, 44, played football at Towson University and began his coaching career 18 years ago as head coach at Western School of Technology in Baltimore. He served as an assistant at Salisbury (Md.) University and Wicomico High in Salisbury before coaching at Delmar. He coached running backs and defensive backs at Sussex Tech last season and is an assistant boys lacrosse coach at the school this spring.
“The former head coach here, Bernie Nowakowski, really laid a good foundation for the kids here at Sussex Tech,” Quillin said. “I’m following a good, quality football person. I’m really kind of falling into a really nice situation.”
The Ravens are coming off a 3-7 season and last reached the state playoffs in 2009. Sussex Tech ran the option last year, but Quillin plans to diversify the attack to include some Wing T and spread formations.
“We’ve got some real quality skill athletes here, so we’ll spread things out a little bit,” Quillin said. “You’ll see a little bit of everything.”
Even though Quillin coached defense at Delmar, he coached offense for many years before that and plans to concentrate on that side of the ball at Sussex Tech.
“We have some great defensive minds here at the school, so I’ll actually be taking over the offensive side,” Quillin said. “I feel like the staff that’s in place [is] really quality, defensive-minded people. I feel comfortable with them.”