County Varsity U Tackle football- About the Coaches
This is Coach Baird’s first year as head coach for the 13U Davidsonville Gators. Prior to joining the team, he served as the varsity special teams coordinator and offensive line coach at St. Mary’s High School for five seasons, winning the MIAA B championship in 2017. He’s also coached at Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA), J.P. McCaskey High School (Lancaster, PA) and Annapolis High School. He is extremely proud to have coached at least one all-league player in each of his ten seasons, enabling dozens of student-athletes to continue their academic and athletic pursuits in college.
Baird played four years of football at Princeton University, where he earned second-team, All-Ivy honors as an offensive tackle his senior year. In 2002, he was awarded the Charles W. Caldwell Memorial Trophy, a recognition given annually to one senior member of the Princeton varsity football squad who has shown the greatest improvement over a four-year career.
A resident of Edgewater, Baird is married to his wife, Jamie, of four years and father of two beautiful baby girls. When he’s not coaching football, he works as the founder of Baird Consulting, a sales and marketing consultancy for industrial manufacturing companies.
- Dr. Jon Michie will be our running backs and kicking coach. Jon is the owner of Michie Whole Health chiropractic in Annapolis and is a certified chiropractic sports physician and exercise physiologist. Coach Michie will not only focus on the fundamentals of football but also educate players about proper nutrition, stretching techniques, overall health and well-being to optimize performance and recovery.
- John Crowder will be serving as the quarterbacks and linebacker coach. A former commissioned naval officer, Coach Crowder has experience coaching at Marshall University, the University of Maryland, the United States Naval Academy and St. Mary’s High School.
Varsity U Tackle football- for ages 11-13 Players must turn 11 by September 1, 2018, to be eligible to play. Any player turning 14 but not yet in high school is eligible to play in this division. Any player turning 15 before Dec 31, 2018, is ineligible to play in this division.
Gators Football will be sponsoring football memberships for the less fortunate for the upcoming 2018 football season. If you would like to sponsor an athlete for the upcoming season please contact the football staff (info below).
Game jerseys & game pants will be distributed prior to the first games. A $250 deposit is required for the game jersey, game pants, helmet, and shoulder pads which will be returned when the equipment is handed in at the end of the season.
All players are required by the county to have the following:
Colored Mouthguard with a strap to attach to helmet *
Players are required to provide their own practice pants and practice jersey.
Optional: Rib pads & Athletic cup.
* Gators Football will supply the equipment noted with asterisks. There will be a $250 security deposit required for all borrowed equipment.