Shea resigns from Oakland Mills


Oakland Mills and Atholton will have new varsity girls soccer coaches this fall.

Nancy Shea, the Baltimore Sun's 1992 All-Metro Girls Soccer Coach of the Year, has resigned from her position at Oakland Mills High School.

Shea coached the Scorpions to a 14-1-1 record and state Class 1A-2A championship last season -- just her second as varsity coach.

The Scorpions beat Loch Raven, 1-0, in the state championship game and won four of their last five games -- including two against defending state champion Hammond by 1-0.

Shea, mother of three school-age children, is leaving because she feels she no longer will have enough time to run a first-class program.

Her youngest child, Molly, is starting kindergarten, freeing Shea to work as a teacher's assistant.

"I'd like to coach again. I know I'll miss it," she said. "But my kids are much more active now. My 7-year-old daughter Megan is playing soccer, and I may coach her team. I won't give it up altogether."

Steve Matters, former head football coach at Oakland Mills in the 1970s and an assistant Scorpion football coach last season, replaces Shea. Matters will face a rebuilding year.

The Scorpions graduated 10 players, including three first-team All-County players, but return junior All-County goalkeeper Lauren McHargue and outstanding senior forward Tricia Witte, a second-team All-County pick.

Atholton High also will have a new varsity coach. Jim Carlan, who has coached in the Soccer Association of Columbia program, replaces Jane Koren.

County officials have tried to recruit female coaches in recent years but have found it difficult.

"All I can do is send out a plea to former and current players to come back here and coach," said Don Disney, coordinator of athletics.

"We have one former star soccer player [a first-year teacher last year] who would have been interested in one of the jobs but she is pregnant."

Carson at Arkansas

One star soccer player who may be looking for a teaching and coaching job in 1994 is Kit Carson, The Baltimore Sun's 1989 Howard County Girls Soccer Player of the Year from Oakland Mills.

Carson will be a senior captain for the University of Arkansas this fall. Last season she started all 17 games at forward, scoring four goals and getting four assists.

For her career she has started 50 of 51 games, scored eight goals and made 11 assists. She'll be the team's leading returning scorer.

Local fans will have a chance to see Carson in action, because Arkansas is scheduled to play the University of Maryland on Oct. 11.

Coaching is in Carson's blood. Her mother, Cindy Odell, was a highly successful and longtime coach at Oakland Mills before resigning after the 1990 season.

Biggs wins scholarship

Anyone who has eaten at McDonald's lately probably has seen the paper place mats with the list of Ray Kroc Scholarship award winners.

Among the Baltimore area winners is Centennial's Damian Biggs, an exceptional student-athlete who is headed to the University of North Carolina this fall.

Biggs, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Boys Basketball Player of the Year, was selected by teachers at school to enter the scholarship contest.

Contestants had to write an essay about their favorite teachers. Biggs' winning essay was about calculus teacher Miriam McCain. The scholarship is worth $1,000.

Biggs doesn't have an athletic scholarship to North Carolina, but he has been invited in a letter from varsity coach Dean Smith to try out for the junior varsity team.

Van Allen running well

The county produces at least one individual state cross country champion yearly, and the early favorite to win one next fall is Centennial's Bobby Van Allen.

Van Allen is running well as evidenced by his 10th-place finish in the Arbutus Firecracker 10K on July 5.

He finished the tough course in blistering heat in 38 minutes, not quite his best 10K time of 36:50, but pretty good considering the conditions.

Van Allen was spurred on verbally during the race by Martin Goode, who has coached track at three county high schools and is a consistently strong 10K runner himself.

"He dropped in behind me and kept urging me on," Van Allen said.

"He probably could have gone by me if he had wanted to. He coached me my freshman year at Centennial."

Van Allen hopes to run a couple more 10K races before cross country practice begins.

Another county runner at the Arbutus Firecracker 10K was former Mount Hebron varsity boys basketball coach Steve Secrest, who said he has been running sub-40-minute 10K races.

Secrest finished at 40:07 at Arbutus, however.

Where's Everly?

After two county baseball players recently were drafted by the pros, several people have inquired about former Oakland Mills star shortstop David Everly.

Everly, who played baseball at the University of Michigan, spent two years in the Milwaukee Brewers' minor-league system.

He's now married and working in the computer field in North Carolina,

Everly's sister, Tara, who was also a star athlete at Oakland Mills, will be a senior this fall at the University of Maryland where she plays field hockey.

Maryland won its first Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey championship last fall and was ranked fifth in the nation.

Everly, who is on a scholarship, alternates between forward and midfield.

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