Count University of Dayton head football coach Rick Chamberlin as enthusiastically supporting Maurice Douglass’ challenge of resurrecting Springfield High School football.
Chamberlin was a standout middle linebacker at North High School, graduating in 1975. He huddled with Douglass on a recruiting visit last spring at Springfield.
“Of course, I went there, that’s my area,” Chamberlin said earlier this week. “I went in and saw Mo. I said, ‘I’m so glad to have ya here. For alums, all I can tell you is you better go 10-0.’ He kind of chuckled.
“Springfield’s had their down years most recently. Maurice brings in an energy and excitement. They were at our 7-on-7 camp here. You could tell he’s instilling his philosophy the way that he does things. You would expect the players to have a little more bounce in their step and a little bit more excitement because of who he is and what he’s accomplished in the past.”
North and South high schools combined in 2008 and the Wildcats advanced to the Division I playoffs in 2009-10 under then-coach Rick Robertson. But Springfield has sunk to 1-9 each of the last two seasons and has won just four games in three years.
That didn’t prevent Douglass from leaving Trotwood-Madison, where he guided the Rams into state title games the last four seasons and won the Division II championship in 2011.
“He’s gung-ho about it,” Chamberlin said. “When I met with him in the spring he was very excited about being in Springfield and looking forward to the season.”