In a letter posted to social media by longtime Northwest High School physical education teacher and former head football coach Mike Neubeiser, Northwest High School outdoor track & field coach Robert Youngblood announced that he will be stepping down.During Coach Youngblood’s tenure at Northwest: Indoor State Titles: Boys 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 (state record as no 4A team ever won 5 straight) Outdoor State: Boys 2019,2018,2017, 2016 Outdoor Girls: 2018 2nd-2019, 2017, 2016. The full letter can be seen below:
“Dear Jag Nation,
Today is my last day as track coach here, and I would like to thank you all for the great times that we shared. I will treasure all the sweet memories that I have of working here with you and especially the students. I have enjoyed working with you all, and I see myself as one of the few lucky employees at Northwest because I got to work with such a great team of like-minded individuals. It’s hard for me to bid you all adieu because of how we worked together tirelessly to promote this track program and other school programs so that it would meet the present and future needs of students and staff members.
Building a successful program meant more to me than just finding people who are the best but can work together. It means finding a group of students that are committed to each other, has a deep sense of trust with one another and cares about each other. During my 9 plus years as a full-time coach here, I’ve worked in one department but strolled through lots of departments. Despite how tough things were, every team I had the privilege to work with was able to meet, surpass, and sustain the goals that we were tasked with.
I remember when the team success was teetering, I became part of the team that was okayed by the Admin and our AD Mrs. Rossiter to find a lasting solution to the challenges the track program was facing at that difficult time. Under the supervision of Mrs Dempsey, Mr Deandrea, Mr Smith , Mrs Singleton and Mrs Jody Tyler we researched and drafted the
coaches that helped restore the balance and make NW an elite track program. While this has been one of the most satisfying, rewarding, and all-around wonderful jobs I’ve ever had, I feel that it’s time for me to explore new challenges and diversify my experience. will definitely miss you all, and at the same time, I look forward to new career opportunities. I have so many memories of what we have accomplished in track and field and the incredible student athletes that it’s taken to put Northwest at the very top here in Maryland and on the East Coast. There were so many parents and teachers as there were county coaches like : Coach (Tolbert, Parry, Martin, Rogers, Dez, Pelky, Cason, Hayes) and many others who were mentors/friends whom I aspired to be. I must say thanks A, to a special friend Michael Neubeiser.
I really appreciate you all and wish nothing but success for everyone tied into the Northwest Track program. At this juncture, I wish you all the very best here at Northwest. Once again, thank you for the inspiration and for bringing out the best in me.
To keep in touch with me from time to time, my
contact information is my NW EMAIL.”
During Coach Youngblood’s tenure at Northwest:
Indoor State Titles: Mens
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 (State record as no 4A team ever won 5 straight)
Outdoor State: Mens
— Mike Neubeiser (@CoachNeub) June 4, 2022