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Western Maryland College has promoted field hocke assistant Kathy Railey to head coach.

Associate athletic director Carol Fritz also announced that John Kovach has assumed Railey's assistant position.

Railey, who assisted former coach Tricia Muneses the past two seasons, played four years of field hockey and lacrosse at Gettysburg (Pa.) College. The Baltimore native earned three varsity letters in each sport and was the captain of both teams her senior year.

Muneses compiled an 11-15-2 record in her two seasons at Western Maryland. She stepped down to pursue business interests in Australia.

Kovach, already an assistant men's basketball coach with the Green Terrors, brings a wealth of field hockey playing and coaching experience.

As a player, he was a member of the United States Olympic team from 1977-80. He also was a member of the U.S. Pan-American team in 1979 and the 1978 National Olympic Festival team that won a gold medal.

In addition to his two assistant coaching posts at Western Maryland, he's also an assistant administrator and physical education instructor at the Mater Amoris School in Ashton.

Spring MVPs

A number of teams named their most valuable players for the spring season. Leading the way are freshman track and field star Julie Cox (Liberty) and softball pitcher Marilyn Naas.

Cox will learn Sunday whether she has qualified for the NCAA Division III championships, set for May 26-29 at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Naas, a junior, guided the Green Terrors' softball team to its first Middle Atlantic Championship, finishing the season 11-2 overall with a 1.00 earned run average. She had all four wins in the MAC Championships, including three in the tournament's last day.

Senior Julia Mignatti led the women's lacrosse team in scoring and to a second straight MAC playoff appearance. Mignatti finished the season with 38 goals and 14 assists.

Freshman Jessica Leiner was the women's tennis MVP. She finished the season 6-5 in singles play and 8-3 in doubles. The Green Terrors enjoyed their first winning season since 1983, finishing at 6-5 this spring.

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