Steve Powers is scheduled to be inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame on Friday, May 11.
Back in the 1980s, Steve played for the University of Maryland and then played professionally for eight years. Among the notable stops was a six-year stint with the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League, which played its home games in Columbia.
Over the past two decades, Steve has made the transition to coaching and has had success in a number of different positions. He has been an assistant at the University of Maryland, coached DeMatha High School to two conference championships and spent several years coaching club teams in the Potomac Soccer Club and Soccer Association of Columbia.
Currently, he's the girls soccer coach at Sandy Springs Friends School, where he's compiled an 81-17-5 record over seven seasons. Steve is also director of athletics and physical education at Sandy Springs. In 2009, he was named the MSADA Athletic Director of the Year for Montgomery County.
Steve lives in Columbia with his wife, Christine, and their two sons, Matt, 16, and Brendan, 11.
State champion golfer giving back
I've always stressed the importance of our local high school athletes being well-rounded and striving for success on and off the playing field. So I was thrilled when I found out that Wilde Lake golfer Tyler Silberberg, who won a state championship in the fall, was giving back to his school this spring by putting on a fundraising golf tournament.
On June 1 at Fairway Hills golf club, the first Wilde Lake Wildecat golf outing is being held to benefit the Wilde Lake Boosters Club and Tyler is serving as tournament manager. The tournament is serving as a final project under his GT Intern/Mentor Program at the golf course. Those interested in participating can pick up registration forms in the Fairway Hills clubhouse.
Work together to eliminate bullying
I applaud Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for appearing at the anti-bullying forum last week at Howard High School. I agree with Ray that we have to tackle this situation together. However, it is going to require a maximum effort by officials, teachers, parents, students and citizens. Just attending the forum is not enough.
It is one thing to come out strongly against bullying. It is quite another thing to actually do something about it. The fact that we have had more than 300 incidents of bullying in Howard County and nearly 5,000 in schools throughout the state is an indictment that we haven't gotten a handle on this problem. We seem to be stuck in a bureaucracy that stifles people from registering a complaint and our policies don't appear to have any real teeth to them.
Going the distance
Officially or unofficially, Howard County seems to have become the endurance sport capital of the state. Since the end of April, the county has had the Iron Girl Half Marathon and the Maryland Half Marathon. This weekend brings the Girls on the Run 5k and the Musical Madness 5k. On May 20, it's the very popular Columbia Triathlon, which has gone a long way to make us a triathlon destination. There are other races and triathlons on the horizon.
For those looking for a different challenge, Danny Serpico has brought the duathlon (running and biking) to town. The Maryland 2XRip Olympic Duathlon is scheduled for July 15 at Western Regional Park and the Maryland Women's Sprint Duathlon will be held at the same location on Aug. 5.
Contact Danny at http://www.ripitevents.com.