Softball Coach of the Year: Jamie Izdebski, Lansdowne

Softball Coach of the Year: Jamie Izdebski, Lansdowne (Baltimore Sun photo by Amy Davis / June 2, 2011)

Jamie Izdebski

Lansdowne

Izdebski, a former player at Maryland, has developed one of the top programs in the area. She led the Vikings to their second Class2A state championship game in three years.


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Lansdowne finished the season 19-4 and outscored opponents 34-1 in regional playoff games. Lansdowne lost to defending champion Easton, 8-5, in the state title game.

Izdebski has nurtured several players who became some of the top performers in the state.

"We don't have many club players on our team, and I think that says a lot when you play against a team with a lot of club ball players and lose by three," Izdebski said of her team's performance against Easton. "Having the girls come back, knowing they've been here before, it wasn't as overwhelming as it was the first time. We showed ourselves. We didn't give up."

The Vikings have nine returning players next season and should continue to be a force in the metro area.