On Wednesday it was announced in a letter to the community by Gaithersburg High School Principal Cary Dimmick, Northwest High School Principal Scott Smith, and MCPS Systemwide Director of Athletics Jeff Sullivan that the Gaithersburg High School Athletic Specialist position and the Northwest High School head and assistant varsity football coach positions will be vacated following an investigation by MCPS of a physical altercation that occurred during the football game between the schools on September 16th.
On Thursday afternoon a petition was created anonymously in support of the reinstatement of Northwest head football coach Travis Hawkins. In four hours the petition has been signed by over 1,000 people.
Hawkins is a 2009 graduate of Quince Orchard High School, where he excelled on the football field. He earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland and played under Ralph Friedgen for two years (redshirted one season) before transferring to the University of Delaware where he played for three seasons. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent and was released in the preseason before going on to play in the CFL. In 2021 he was named the varsity head football coach at Northwest High School.
Featured photo courtesy of the petition on change.com