Howard Community College has appointed Marbue Richards, a native of Liberia, as its men's soccer coach.
Richards, 40, played for the Liberian national team in 1974 and served as an assistant coach for the squad in 1979.
He returned to the United States in the summer of 1990 after spending 13 years in Liberia, where he also coached several club soccer teams between 1978 and 1990. He guided the Glenelg boys JV soccer team to a 7-2-3 record last fall.
"Coming back over, I didn't want to divorce myself from the game," said Richards, who lives in Gaithersburg. "And I wanted an opportunity to get back to the college level." He played four years of college soccer while attending the University of Bridgeport in the early 1970s.
It is undecided whether HCC will be a club team or JuCo sanctioned squad this fall, said track and cross country coach Steve Musselman, who was in charge of selecting a coach. He said the decision will be made next month.
The Express started practice Aug. 27.
"He [Richards] brings in a professional atmosphere to the program," Musselman said.
Bob Surette resigned as coach in June only after one season to take a similar position at Catonsville Community College. HCC posted a 6-7 record last season.