No Baltimore area high school football program has enjoyed more success over the last two decades than the Gilman Greyhounds and, perhaps, no program has undergone a more drastic change during the off-season than Gilman.

After 19 seasons, which included 10 outright MIAA A Conference championships and a share of three others, former head coach Biff Poggi has departed the Roland Park school and the majority of his high profile coaching staff has been transplanted to league rival St. Frances Academy.

Under Poggi Gilman recruited high profile players from across the region and had begun to make an impact on the national stage. However, many top tier Division 1 talents have graduated, especially in the interior lines, or transferred, including highly rated quarterback Kasim Hill, leaving the Greyhounds in the unfamiliar role of rebuilding.

“The team will be experienced in the skill positions and young up front,” said Holley, who has also coached the Gilman varsity basketball, baseball and golf teams in the past. “Keys to success will be the ability to get the ball into the skill players’ hands.  Also, a smooth transition to the new coaching staff and system will be key.”

Although the changes may seem a bit drastic, Holley is considered an outstanding football man, according to some of his coaching peers. He was an All-Metro player in both football and baseball with the Greyhounds in the 70’s and went on to play college baseball at the University of Pennsylvania.

Despite its losses, Gilman still has talent and numbers, with nearly 100 players in the various levels of the program. No doubt the program will still be supported by the school and there is no reason to believe that Gilman will remain a football force in the MIAA A Conference. Whether that translates to championships right away remains to be seen, but the Greyhounds will keep their goals high.

With returning senior linebackers Antonio DiCerbo and Bryce Bush, as well as senior defensive backs Drew Ehrlich and Piper Bond, the Greyhound should remain a force on defense, while highly regarded junior Piper Bond will assume the starting quarterback role.

“Our boys are striving to be their best selves as young men and student-athletes,” added Holley.

2016 GILMAN GREYHOUNDS

Head Coach: Tim Holley

Seasons/Record: 1st season

Top Players:
Piper Bond, JR, DB, WR
Hank Bethel, SO, LB, OL
Thomas Booker, JR, TE, DL
Jake Brummett, SR, DL, OL
Bryce Bush, JR, LB, RB
Jeremy Cranston, JR, LB, TE
Drew Ehrlich, SR, DB, WR
Antonio DiCerbo, SR, TE, LB
Zachary Franks, SO, DL, OL
Purnell Hill, JR, QB
Michael Horn, SR, LB, OL
Zachary Jones, SR, DB, WR
Robert Levine, SR, DB, RB
Brandon Madison, JR, DB, RB
Wade Oursler, SR, DB, WR
Vincert Reilly, Sr, DL, OL
Noah, Seth, SO, DL, OL
Alex Slodzinski, JR, LB, RB
Ayende Watson, SR, DB, WR
Will Weinfeld, Sr. DL, OL
Brandon, Willis, JR, DB, WR