Football: First-Year Kenwood Coach Out

The school's athletic director declined to comment on the change.

After rebounding from a winless season with a 3-3 start, Kenwood High's first-year football coach is out of the post.

Stephen Von Canon was removed from the coaching position Tuesday. Assistant coach Brian Powell will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season, Kenwood athletic director Derek Maki said in an email. Maki declined to comment further on the circumstances surrounding Von Canon's removal. Von Canon also teaches science at Kenwood.

Von Canon did not respond to a phone message left Tuesday.

According to an August story on Varsity Sports Network, Von Canon, a Towson University graduate, has 12 years of coaching experience at C. Milton Wright, Dundalk and Parkville high schools, and spent 15 years as an official in high school and college football.

Von Canon's six-game tenure at Kenwood saw the Bluebirds spring into action with a 42-6 opening win at Dulaney, and the team's first win against Eastern Tech in 16 years.

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Big Dog October 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
In2deep. Shockingly, I found another mistake. Incorrect parents who kids Correct parents whose kids Other than those 4 posts of different spelling and grammatical errors I pointed out you put together a pretty finely crafted post. You combined writing skills equivalent to my 4th grader (actually his is better) with not having any clue about what you're talking about. Nice work!
Tyler Waldman October 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Several comments by a user "tony Ruocco" were deleted for violations of our terms of use. http://essex.patch.com/terms
Klinefamilyof5@yahoo.com October 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Big Dog, sir, while I commend you on your gracious offer to point out and teach others proper grammar and spelling, I might suggest that you seek lessons on etiquette. While the words chosen could have been more eloquent, the meaning and passion behind IN2DEEP1973's comments were quite clear. I agree with the sentiments IN2DEEP1973 conveyed. The administration does not stand behind their faculty, Coach Von Canon is not alone. A man that is able to make as much of an impact as he has done in such a short amount of time is rare. One would think that the administration would hold on tight to staff such as him, as it would be for the betterment of the school and community as a whole. Coach Von Canon, you should know that there are parents out here that support you and thank you for everything you have done for our children, we have been honored to have you coach our boys.
Tyler Waldman October 12, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Former coach Tony Ruocco reached out to me just now to let us know that the deleted comments were not left by him. We're going to shut down further commenting on this thread for now.
Derrick Krumholtz November 02, 2013 at 11:17 PM
IN2DEEP1973...I realize I am way late here but I couldn't help but to comment on how far off base you are. You stated that Von Cannon was the first coach in twenty years to hold kids accountable for their actions and shape them into role models. You could not be more wrong. First, I coached under Tony Ruocco for 6 seasons and I can tell you that there isn't a better leader of young men than that man. He has an incredibly impressive tree of former assistant coaches who have gone on to become coordinators and head coaches, players who have gone on to coach, and most importantly, players that have gone to college. Secondly, I played at KHS under some of the greatest coaches this county has ever seen, all less than 20 years ago. Jim Wilmont, Len Patrick, Deon Campbell, John Wosk, Coach Fitch..these men all placed more focus on creating young men rather than a winning football team. The 2 head coaches that I played for, Fred Myers and Greg Furman, had two very different coaching styles but one thing in common...every player was held accountable for their actions. Point of my rant...please do not make commnets on a subject that you obviously know nothing about. BLUEBIRDS FLY!


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