Dave Carruthers, a 1969 Penn State graduate, began his Maryland football coaching career in 1974 as a defensive coordinator with Seneca Valley High School. The school won two state championships. In 1980 Carruthers became the head coach at Linganore High School, compiling a 122–49 record and two state titles. In 1995 Urbana High School opened and Coach Carruthers again developed a championship program. His 1998, 1999, and 2000 teams were undefeated and won state championships. Urbana High School also won 38 consecutive games, establishing a state record. Carruthers sponsored the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for more than 20 years. His coaching record was unparalleled in county history.