Ron Belinko has worn many hats during his association with athletics in the Baltimore area and statewide.
"Now it's time to pass one of those hats on," said Belinko, 52, as he steps down as director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's wrestling committee.
In being replaced by Bruce Cowen, supervisor of physical education and athletics in Carroll County, Belinko ends his association with the 26-year-old tournament's wrestling committee, which he helped to begin in 1970 as a coach at Eastern Technical.
"In the 26-year history of the tournament, I was active either as a coach, District 6 representative, tournament director under Paul Rusko, or director of the committee," said Belinko, who coached football, lacrosse and wrestling at Eastern Tech and Overlea, and was also Overlea's athletic director.
"After a long and joyous association, it's time for someone to take a fresh look at it. It's time for me to take on new challenges."
And it's not as if Belinko won't still be around. He'll continue to direct the Baltimore County wrestling tournament, as well as hold down his jobs as Baltimore County coordinator of athletics, state committee director for boys lacrosse, and as president of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
Belinko, who even spent three years as a wrestling coach at Johns Hopkins, has clocked in 29 years of teaching physical education and coaching sports. Other titles included being Baltimore County supervisor of physical education and athletics, and coordinator of physical education, health and athletics.
Belinko said the tournament is in good hands under Cowen, a former principal at Francis Scott Key.
"Bruce Cowen has been active behind the scenes since the tournament's been in Carroll County [at Western Maryland College]," said Belinko. "In the meantime, I'll be looking for other challenges in continuing to improve athletic programs in the county and MPSSAA organizations."
Overlea's Yeager recognized
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association has announced that Doyle Yeager, athletic director at Overlea High, has been recognized by the NIAAA as a certified athletic administrator.
Yeager, 47, "has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration," stated a release from the organization, whose certification process included an evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions.
It also featured a comprehensive written exam for Yeager, who became one of 700 administrators nationwide to attain the distinction. Ed Walker and Vivian Dailey, both of Lansdowne, and Stu Tarleton of Carver A&T; also are certified.
"A lot of work went into this, so this is real nice," said Yeager, who was recognized at a school board meeting two weeks ago at Cockeysville Middle School.
Hasenei signs with Coppin
Mount Carmel's three-year starting shortstop Matt Hasenei has signed to play baseball at Coppin State.
Hasenei, who helped his team to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference runner-up finish, also holds the single-game school record for basketball three-pointers (13).