PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BAILEY WEBSTER, ST. PAUL'S
The junior led St. Paul's to a 22-1 record and theInterscholastic Athletic Association A Conference andprivate schools championships.Webster, 6 feet 3, isbeing heavily recruited by major Division I volleyballprograms, and is being considered for the GatoradeNational Player of the Year award.
Webster finished the year with 472 kills, an averageof 6.38 kills per game. She had the ability to take over agame with her tremendous vertical leap and alsocontributed 50 blocks and 32 aces.
When the Gators needed a spark, they often got itfrom Webster. In the IAAM title game, she contributed25 kills and three blocks in a three-game sweep ofArchbishop Spalding, the only team to beat the Gatorsduring the regular season. She added 34 kills, threeblocks and 11 digs in a 3-1 win over Good Counsel forthe private schools crown.
"I've been coaching for a long time, and Bailey is aonce-in-a-lifetime player for me," St. Paul's coach KelliWilkinson said. "She's a great student, and the thingsshe's accomplished this year in volleyball are trulyamazing."
COACH OF THE YEAR
With his enthusiasticstyle, he led the Bruins totheir fourth state title in his10 years as their coach.
Since taking over atBroadneck, he has led the Bruins to eightconsecutive regional championships. The Bruins woneach of their final three matches (the regional finalagainst Leonardtown, the state semifinal againstDulaney, and the state championship game againstMontgomery County's Wootton) by 3-2 scores.Hiscareer record at Broadneck is 158-36.
Beans, who was also The Sun's All-Metro Coachof the Year in 2000, took up volleyball in the militaryand got into coaching with various volleyball clubs inthe area in the late 1980s.He also served as avolleyball referee.After a stint as an assistant coachat Delaware State University in Dover, he took overthe Anne Arundel Community College team andthen came to Broadneck as a junior varsity coach.He took over the varsity full-time in 1998. He stillcoaches both the Broadneck and community collegeprograms, and also won a regional title at the collegelevel this year.
"I believe that you have to make it fun for thegirls," Beans said. "We've accomplished so much,and this year's team was very special. I am veryfortunate to be in the situation that I'm in and to beblessed with these girls."