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February 28, 2013

MoCo adds to coaching legends

Ken Brace, a product of Montgomery County public schools and a longtime baseball and football coach in the county, was inducted into the Maryland High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame this past weekend.

Brace's honor was bestowed upon him during a ceremony that acknowledged the Consensus All-State Team for 2012 along with assistant coach award winners.

Brace coached in Montgomery County from 1969 until 2007, and he now resides in South Carolina.

Brace's first football head coaching stop was at Wheaton and lasted from 1977 through 1988, where the program garnered regional titles in 1979 and 1980.

He opened Watkins Mill in 1989, and guided the program to a Class 4A state title in 1993. He stepped down after the 1994 season to become athletic director at the school, but in 1996 he was back on the sidelines as head coach at Magruder. He returned as head coach at Watkins Mill from 1998 through 2004.

His teams recorded 141 wins during his 24 years as a head coach.

Other honors at the banquet, which was held Sunday at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie, were: Roy Main (Middletown), Fran Parry (Gaithersburg), Lorne Ridenour (Middletown) and Eric Wade (Suitland) as John W. Voight Award winners -- for assistant coaches.


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