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College Notebook: French in as Terror tennis coach

Just one semester after Steve French completed his playing career at McDaniel College, the school has named him interim head men's and women's tennis coach.

French, a Francis Scott Key High graduate and 2012 McDaniel grad, was in his first fall as an assistant coach on the staff of Brian Kastner, who resigned to become the tennis coach at Hollins University.

"We wanted to keep continuity within the program during this transition," athletic director Paul Moyer said in a statement. "Steve has been associated with the program as a player and coach and someone who can lead the tennis program through the transition."

French brings some leadership and coaching background to the position, as he spent the last three and a half years working at West Winds Tennis and Fitness Center, serving as one of the head counselors at West Winds Summer Sports Camp. He also works with the Quikstart tennis junior program.

French earned a degree in exercise science and is currently working toward his masters in physical education at McDaniel.

On the court, he spent three seasons with the Green Terror, captaining the squad as a senior. He finished with 13 wins in singles and at times was McDaniel's No. 1 player. He also had 11 doubles wins.

That came after French started his collegiate career at Frostburg State University, earning second-team all-conference honors in doubles play after finishing second at the conference tournament.

As a senior at Francis Scott Key, French was 16-0 in doubles, winning the county title.

ALEXANDER DOES IT AGAIN: Junior Vicci Alexander's first two weeks as the McDaniel field hockey team's starting goalkeeper have gone unmatched in the Centennial Conference.

Alexander was named Centennial Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 8-14, marking the second straight week she earned the honor.

Alexander led the Terror to a 2-0 week, improving to 4-0 in her four starts in goal, posting a 1.00 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage in the process.

She wasn't forced to make a save in a win over Washington and Lee before finishing with 15 stops in a 3-1 conference win over Swarthmore.

Alexander has since suffered her first defeat, 2-1 to Gettysburg despite making 10 saves in the contest. She is a key reason McDaniel is now 8-6 (3-4 Centennial) with a 0.93 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in seven games (five starts).

TOP-10 GULLS: Sophomore defensive lineman Josh Danko (Liberty) has played a part in the Salisbury University football team's rise to seventh in the latest Top 25.

The Sea Gulls have won four straight games to improve to 5-1.

Danko ranks eighth on Salisbury with 20 tackles, including 12 solo, two tackles for a loss and 0.5 sacks. He added a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

Danko has played in all six games for the Sea Gulls after playing in just two games a year ago. He has twice recorded six tackles in a game this season.

MOUNT HIRES: Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball coach Bryan Whitten recently announced the additions of assistant coach Josh Keys and director of basketball operations Brian Martin.

Keys had served as an assistant at Stetson University, which recorded a program-record 23 wins and made its first WNIT appearance last season. He also had been an assistant at College of Charleston. The team was 68-56 during his time there.

"Josh adds a recruiting dimension, a more southern region, that we hope to utilize since we are the southern-most school in the NEC," Whitten said in a statement. "He is organized and aggressive. Josh and I have talked over the years, and we share a similar philosophy on the athlete experience, and I look forward to his insights and contributions."

Martin comes to the Mount after serving as an assistant at Division III Hood College in Frederick. He also has spent time at several local high schools and AAU programs in the region.