Sept. 3, 2020 – Toby Heusser, one of the most successful ice hockey coaches in Maryland, has been named head coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.
"I'm extremely happy that Toby has joined our Falcon Family," Good Counsel Athletic Director Steve Howes said. "The energy and knowledge he brings to the game is truly outstanding. His passion for coaching and mentoring young people stands out significantly."
Heusser (pronounced "hugh-zer") joins the Falcons after leading Urbana (Md.) High School to eight winning seasons in 10 years. He guided the Hawks to five Monocacy Valley Hockey League (MVHL) regular-season titles, including the past three, and two championships (2010-11, 2018-19). His career record is 81-34-8 (.691 winning percentage).
Heusser, who takes over a GC program that won last year's Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League A Division title, is excited for the new challenge and opportunity.
"Good Counsel has a strong reputation as an elite school for academics and athletics, as well as a family atmosphere," Heusser said. "I want every hockey player that plays for me to know that I am not only their coach but a lifelong friend and mentor after they graduate. Relationships are so important, not just in sports, but in the classrooms and workforce.
"I think I do a good job developing long-lasting relationships with my players."
Heusser was twice named MVHL Coach of the Year (2010-11, 2017-18). The Maryland Student Hockey League (MSHL) similarly honored him 2018-19. He was three times chosen to be a head coach in the MSHL All-Star game (2011, '15, '19). His 2010-11 team advanced to the MSHL championship game.
Heusser has coached several players who have played college hockey. Schools include, among others, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Liberty, Salisbury, Towson and Rhode Island. In 2013-14, the Hawks were recognized with the MSHL's top academic award for highest team GPA.
"The people associated with Toby's program at Urbana raved about his ability to connect and inspire young people," Howes said. "He understands the influence we have as coaches to positively impact a student-athlete's life, on and off the field of play. I look forward to him building off our MAPHL title and developing a consistent championship culture of success while instilling the GC values into their character development."
Heusser played four years (1990-94) of lacrosse and football at Glenelg (Md.) High School. Both teams won 1993 county championships. Following his 1994 graduation, he helped start the Howard County school's hockey team. On Feb. 21, 2020, he was inducted into the Glenelg Hall of Fame.
In youth hockey, Heusser competed for the Tri-City Eagles and Howard Huskies. The Eagles, in their inaugural season (1993-94), advanced to nationals. In 1992, he was invited to the USA Select Camp in St. Cloud, Minn. His roommate was 1998-99 NHL Rookie of the Year Chris Drury.
Heusser was a four-year starting wing for Towson (Md.) University's Division I hockey team. He graduated in 1999 with a degree in criminal justice. He earned a master's of education in 2006 from the University of Phoenix. He has attained Level 5 coaching certification, the highest offered by USA Hockey.
Heusser taught third-, fourth- and fifth-grade from 2006-16 before becoming an equity teacher specialist for Frederick County Public Schools. He was also a deputy sheriff in the Richmond (Va.) area.
He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Urbana with their son, Beck, and daughters, Rhyleigh and Peri.