When the basketball season started, Edgewood coach Bob Slagle wasn't sure what he had in the way of talent. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until shortly before practice started that he knew what players would be available.
There was the usual mix of a veteran or two, some players up from the junior varsity and some players new to the program. To be specific, there were two new players with solid backgrounds, but one had started school late after returning here to live, and there had been a jurisdiction question about the other as to whether he fell into the Aberdeen or Edgewood district.
"We knew we had some talent, but there was one question as to how quickly the players would develop, and another as to how quickly I learned what they could do," Slagle said.
The two new players were junior Alfred McAllister and senior Maurice Edison, part of an Edgewood cast that became more impressive as the season wore on, and one that finished 21-4.
For solving the questions and molding a team that became county champion, Slagle is this year's Baltimore Sun Harford County Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
"The players are the same, but it's a different lineup than when we started because those players have matured and grown," Slagle said. "They've done a great job."
The lineup that developed had juniors Kenton Worthington and Dwayne Winder flanking Edison, plus guards McAllister and Jamie Coons. Solid team depth was noticeable at guard where the combination of Coons and relief Rob Spencer combined to average 12 points and contribute excellent defense.
This is the second coaching honor for the Slagle family this year, following brother Charlie's selection as NCAA Division I soccer coach of the year for leading Davidson College to the national semifinals.