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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Rachel Ruocco October 10, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Former Head Football Coach at Kenwood High School, Tony Ruocco was the 2nd longest tenured Head Football Coach (11 seasons) in the 23 team Baltimore County league when he decided to depart to spend more time with his wife and 3 children at the end of the 2011 season. During his time the Kenwood Football Program saw a great resurgence having strong seasons in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. They defeated highly ranked teams Parkville in 2006 on the way to a 7-3 season and Perry Hall in 2008 on the way to a 6-4 season. Kenwood had rough losing seasons in 2010 and 2011 as they competed in one of the toughest conferences in the State (Baltimore County 3A-4A). Coach Ruocco served as the Baltimore County Football Director, 4A North Region Director and MPSSAA District VI Rep during his time at the helm of the Kenwood Football Program. Mr. Ruocco has also been the Head Lacrosse Coach at Kenwood High School the past 9 seasons enjoying a 13-2 season in 2008 and a 12-3 season last spring. He is continuing in his role as a physical education teacher and lacrosse coach at Kenwood. Many of Mr. Ruocco's former athletes have gone on to earn college degrees, enter the teaching profession, enter the law enforcement profession, and serve their country in Iraq and Afganhistan.
Tyler Waldman October 10, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Hi Rachel, Thanks for the background on that.
Rachel Ruocco October 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Your welcomed. Coach Ruocco also just completed a 4-year term on the National high school lacrosse rules committee. He represented a section of the country that included Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc.
Tyler Waldman October 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
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Ddduck340 October 10, 2012 at 09:56 PM
The relevance of the Ruocco history lesson is what?
Ddduck340 October 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Coach Von Canon was doing far more than just coaching football. He established rules and expectations of his players in and out of the classroom. He held players accountable for their actions; something that many of the Kenwood student body find to be foreign. He gave to the boys more than any coach has done in recent or distant history. He and his wife provided breakfast to all of the boys on Saturday morning games, he organized a study hall after school, and arranged for them to have a team dinner before every Friday night game. He told them that he did special things for them for two reasons, they deserved it, and that he expects a lot out of them, so he puts a lot back into them. The reason for his removal is one that is taboo at Kenwood. An incident occurred with a few players that caused them to have to succumb to consequences. One of the parents complained and the administration buckled. Instead of supporting the coach's decision, Martin mandated that the players be reinstated as if the incident never happened. Coach said no, didn't feel that it following the values he was attempting to instill in his team. Disagreeing with the principal was cause for immediate removal. This is the very reason that the perception of Kenwood High School will never change. Teachers/coaches try to make change for the better but instead of receiving support, they are the ones who pay the consequences.
Rachel Ruocco October 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM
The relevance of the coaching history on my husband, Coach Ruocco is to show the work ethic and dedication he has exhibited over 20 years of coaching high school football and lacrosse, and to make the point that high school coaches across America are underappreciated. It also shows the sacrifices he made to be away from his own 3 children to serve as a role model for the children of others.
D.W. Bramlett October 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Bring back Charlie Geis so you can go 0-15.
IN2DEEP1973 October 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
IN2DEEP1973 October 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Mrs Ruocco The relevance of the coaching history on your husband, Coach Ruocco realy has no importance here!!! We are talking about a great Coach who was removed from his job for taking a stand!! He is the first coach in 20yrs that held these kids accountable for thier actions and made them become role modles!!! Made them respect others and thier selfs!!! What is crazy here is that you have a A.D and a Principle who act like they want change and talk about change yet when the road gets alittle rough and they have to stand thier ground with parents who kids can not follow the rules that have been put in place from day one they fold like little babies!!!!! How quick we all forget what happened last year with this school and program!!!!! Must I remind you we made National News and it was not because of our wins and losses. I am so glad this is my sons last year here and inside any sports program at Kenwood
Big Dog October 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Let me assist you with your spelling in2deep. incorrect - realy correct - really incorrect - modles correct - models incorrect - principle correct - principal
Big Dog October 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Also Incorrect - thier correct - their And grammatically wise you use the word AN not A if the next word starts with a Vowel. Incorrect "you have a AD" Correct "you have an AD"
Big Dog October 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Sorry in2deep. One more correction. It's just a pet peeve of mine when people post on forums with poor spelling and grammar. Haven't seen this one before. Little bit of both a spelling and grammar error. Here we go. Incorrect respect others and thier selfs Correct respect others and themselves Hope this helps you with future posts. Good luck!
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
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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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