Veteran basketball coach Bruce Springer has been named head softballcoach at Broadneck High School in Cape St. Claire.

Athletic Director Kevin McMullen made the announcement yesterday and said that though Springer -- who is in his fifth year as the school's head girls basketball coach -- has never coached softball, his extensive background in team sports qualifies him.

"Bruce has been a coach and in the physical education department at Anne Arundel Community for 25 years, and he played fast-pitch softball in Annapolis years ago," McMullen said.

"We are very excited that he could take the job and expect him to run a quality program."

Springer, a University of Maryland graduate who resides in Stevensville on the Eastern Shore, has coached several sports at AACC, notably men's basketball.

"I look forward to being involved with the girls and the program. I enjoy coaching, and I think it will be a challenge," Springer said. "First, you have to try and encourage the girlsto come out. It's like basketball: First you have to get them interested."

He coached the Pioneers' basketball team for 20 years before a surprise resignation to take the post at Broadneck in the 1987-1988 season.

His 1989-1990 Bruins won the Maryland 4A championship with a 57-52 victory over Largo of Prince George's County.

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