The news of Montgomery Academy coach Anthony McCall’s resignation from the football team was a surprise to many, but not to new coach Gary Nelson.
McCall served as the Eagles’ head coach the past five seasons, taking over a winless team and turning them into a consistent winner.
“I accomplished my goal to make the MA football program healthy again,” McCall said.
McCall compiled a 39-18 record, and mentored Nelson to take over the past four.
McCall will continue to be head boys basketball coach and athletic director, but the football duties now fall on Nelson, who as the offensive line coach, linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity. I’m obviously very excited to get the opportunity to continue to work with great, quality coaches and players that we have at MA. I think I’m uniquely positioned in that I’ve essentially gotten several years of on-the-job training under an incredible head coach,” Nelson said. “In terms of stepping into the new role, I’m familiar with all of the coaches we have on staff and very familiar with our roster coming back. I think as far as transitions go, we’re primed to continue to do a lot of the things that coach McCall put in place.”
Nelson has been the associate head coach the past two seasons, helping MA to a 21-3 record and two straight region titles. After playing offensive line at Huntingdon, Nelson started his coaching career at Hooper Academy. He coached three seasons under former Huntingdon quarterback Zach Golson.
“I was able to help him author a lot of what we’ve done and had success with, so the on-field product will look pretty similar next year. We’ll do a lot of the same things. There’ll be some subtle differences in the way we call the games,” Nelson said. “Having played at Huntingdon, coach (Mike) Turk influences a great deal of my on-field philosophy. I would like to think that we’ll see some blend of a lot of the great things that we’ve done with coach McCall and hopefully weld that a little bit with my background with coach Turk and some other people that I’ve been around.”