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Coach Adam Leader was there at the beginning [Fulton/Highland]

Reservoir High School baseball coach Adam Leader has done what he does since the beginning.. Adam came to Reservoir the year it opened and started the baseball program. But his story starts in Yorktown, N.Y., a town about 30 miles north of the Bronx. That's where Adam was raised and went to school.

He knows our area, though. "For as long as I can remember, my family took trips from New York to Columbia to visit family", Adam wrote in an email.

His local roots include his mother's sister, Aunt Toby Orenstein, the "Toby" of Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia. After graduating from Yorktown High School in 1993, Adam attended Wesley College in Delaware where he played baseball.

After graduating in 1997 with a degree in elementary education, Adam applied for a teaching position in his hometown. There were 250 applications for that single spot. He made it to the top three but was disappointed when the school system hired a long term substitute teacher instead.

His Aunt Toby suggested Howard County. He applied and received three job offers. The one he took was at Hollifield Elementary School, a school that was just opening.

"I thought it would be great to be on the first staff of a brand new school. So I was hired to teach third grade at Hollifield," he said.

He also met his wife there. Adam moved on to Phelps Luck Elementary School, where he continued to teach third grade. It was there that he started his baseball coaching career. After completing a master's program in physical education, Adam was hired to teach PE at Reservoir, where he has been ever since.

"Since starting the program at Reservoir, I have had the opportunity to coach great players and amazing teams," Adam wrote. "The past three years have been amazing with an overall record of 61-9, two county championships and 2 District championships."

Along the way, Adam created Leader's Baseball Camp, allowing him to work with younger kids, something he has missed from teaching elementary school. Adam is married to another Howard County educator, Michelle Leader, the principal of Waterloo Elementary School. They have three kids, Drew, 11, Cindy, 8, and Katie, 4.

"Since moving to Maryland, other family members followed. Currently my mother, Sue Miller, is the drama teacher at Glenelg High School and my sister, Beth Rosas, is an English teacher at Dunloggin Middle School."

A lot of the teaching talent here in the county is home-grown. Another coach that I'd like to introduce you to is Howard County native Bryan Cole. Both of Bryan's parents are teachers. His father, Dennis Cole, is a retired Howard County teacher and football coach. His mother, Rita Cole, still teaches at Howard High School.

His high school years were spent at Oakland Mills, where he lettered in wrestling, lacrosse and football. He attended Mount St. Mary's University, where he played lacrosse and graduated with an MBA. He worked as the assistant men's lacrosse coach at Mount St. Mary's, where he gained coaching experience.

He traveled to Manchester, England, where he played lacrosse for the Rochdale Lacrosse Club and was their local development officer. Bryan also played for the Colorado Mammoths and the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League and the Baltimore Bayhawks and the Washington Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse.

Eventually, Bryan settled back down in Howard County at Reservoir High School ,where he has been a business education teacher since 2005. Since the 2004/2005 school year, Bryan has been the head coach for the Gator boys lacrosse team and a football coach. Starting with the 2009/2010 season, he has been the head varsity football coach.

I also want to wish my son-in-law, Josh Dillard, a belated birthday. And, a happy birthday to my darling daughter, Christie Dillard, born on the Ides of March. Happy birthday to you both.

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