Sam DeBone has been a member of the Retriever staff for 19 of the last 20 seasons. He initially worked with Coach Caringi from 1995-97, then returned to UMBC for the 1999 championship season. One of DeBone’s chief areas is goalkeeping, and he has helped mold some of the best goalkeepers in school history.
Coach DeBone had a brilliant career at Walt Whitman (Md.) High School. He coached the boys’ and girls’ teams for 26 years, taking the Vikings to six boys’ state finals, winning four. He also guided the girls to seven county finals and one title. In his tenure at WWHS, DeBone led three teams to national rankings, produced 10 All- Americans and earned four county and state Coach of the Year honors. His all-time record in 26 seasons was 398-166-43, a winning percentage of 69.1.
In 1994, Coach DeBone was the Region Three Boys’ Coach of the Year, the highest honor awarded in the state. He also has 15 years of club coaching experience, including seven state titles. He has a USSF “C” License and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and he was the state director for the NSCAA of Maryland.
De Bone was inducted into the Walt Whitman Athletics’ Hall of Fame in 2009.