SEABROOK – The DuVal High School football team will have a familiar face take over as their head coach as officials confirmed that interim coach David Kosloski has accepted the role full time.
After taking over on an interim basis, starting on Feb. 13, Kosloski conducted the offseason workouts as well as study hall. Following a lengthy application process, school officials decided to promote the social studies teacher to the role. He was a defensive assistant coach for the football team last season.
“When they opened up the position, I applied for it,” Kosloski said. “It was a quick process; they notified me (right away) that I got the job as head coach and we signed the paperwork right then and there.”
“We had many qualified applicants with a variety of experience,” Athletic Director Robert Langway said. “We interviewed who we thought would be a good fit for our program based on resumes. We had an extensive vetting process and at the end, the Administrative Team and Athletic Department determined that Kosloski’s vision was exactly what we were looking for.”
The role formally belonged to Tarrell “Carlos” Lockwood, who lead the Tigers to a 5-5 record last season, one game shy of the state playoffs. On Feb. 13, Lockwood, who was also the in-school suspension coordinator, was placed on unpaid leave by Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) following an allegation of “inappropriate interaction with a student.”
Prince George’s County Police (PGPD) confirmed that an allegation against Lockwood was reported, but the altercation was not physical. According to PGCPS Spokesperson Raven Hill, Lockwood resigned from his roles at the school on March 22. Due to his resignation, the investigation was terminated.
Kosloski was placed into the role in a caretaker role following Lockwood’s leave with “the full confidence of the administration.” Following the announcement, Kosloski said all the players were called over for a meeting with school officials, informing them of his interim status moving forward.
He is no stranger to the team as he on DuVal’s coaching staff last season and has worked with the track and field team. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and teaches Advanced Placement Psychology; Advanced Placement U.S. Government; and Local, State, and National Government on the school’s campus.
Weight and conditioning programs were put into place right away to not get players off track following all the external situations. Kosloski said that an academic program was also installed to track the students’’grades. With the help of the graduating seniors and returning coaches, DuVal was able to keep their offseason regimen normal during the process, even if he didn’t get the job, Kosloski said.
“We knew it was awkward because we did not have any answers to their questions,” Kosloski said. “But it was important for us to get them ready for September and October, whether we are here or not, and to get them into the best position to succeed in the fall.”
Once the application process was opened by PGCPS, Kosloski was interviewed by Langway, Assistant Principal Brian Taylor and Principal Pamela Smith. A few weeks following the interview, he was offered the position. The topic of Lockwood was not spoken on during the interview process and Kosloski said he not spoken with the former coach since his removal.
“(After) having graduated 21 seniors, the Tigers look to start a new era,” Langway said. “The goal is to sustain a football program that focuses on consistency, character and opportunities for players to earn athletic scholarships. The expectations are to develop pride, accountability and instill discipline in student-athletes both in the classroom and on the field.”
Kosloski has several members from last year’s coaching staff including Nigel Cross coming in as the team’s offensive coordinator and Dana Williams returning as the junior varsity coach. Their cooperation during the situation was important to show the players that the program will exist next season.
Heading into the summer, upcoming seniors on the team have stepped up to take control of the reigns of the program, including free safety Brian Williams and defensive end Jordan Dabney, according to Kosloski. They will be the focal point of the team as DuVal looks to move forward to a new chapter in their football program.
“I believe I have some of the best students in the county,” Kosloski said. “I love teaching at the school, I love the kids and I think they deserve the best.”