River Hill's Earl Lauer has been named director of the state cross country tournament committee beginning next year. He becomes the first Howard County coach to serve as a chairperson of a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association sport committee.
"It's an opportunity to help influence what goes on in the world of cross county in the state of Maryland," said Lauer, who has coached cross county at Glenelg (two years), Atholton (23 years) and now at first-year River Hill. "It's an honor. It was an honor just to be asked."
MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks asked Lauer to replace Dulaney's Bob Dean, who has held the position for 17 years. Dean, an Ellicott City resident and athletic director at Dulaney, will step down after this year's state championship.
"My responsibilities have grown here [at Dulaney], and it's harder to find time for everything," said Dean, now in his 36th year coaching cross country. "It's been a labor of love, and I'm proud of the improvements we've made, but it's time for the torch to be passed. I've known Earl for many years, and I'm confident he'll do a fine job."
Sparks said Dean "has done a terrific job over the years," and expects Lauer to do the same.
Lauer's strong leadership qualities made him "a logical choice," said Sparks. "Earl is very, very capable, and he'll do a great job. We're proud to have him."
Lauer will head the committee that coordinates the region and state meets. The state meet is one of the largest single-day events the MPSSAA conducts -- with all four classifications running the same day at the same place, for a total of eight different races. At last year's state meet, 458 boys and 404 girls participated.
Lauer has been on the tournament committee, which also develops and reviews policies, for the last six years as the District 5 representative. This fall he will be working more closely with Dean to make the transition as smooth as possible.
"I certainly don't know everything, but I have a pretty good idea what's involved," Lauer said.
Lauer, who taught physical education for 25 years at Clarksville Middle before moving to River Hill this fall, plans to head the committee for "three or four years."
Lauer has a wealth of coaching experience. At Atholton, he also coached wrestling for 17 years, girls indoor track for six years and outdoor track for 16 years. He has coached three sports during the school year 13 times. He also will coach wrestling at River Hill.
Davidsons meet Oct. 19
Teammates when Glenelg won the state Class 2A volleyball title in 1993, Marisa and Elisa Davidson will play against each other for the first time Oct. 19, when Big East-opponents Villanova and Georgetown meet in Washington.
Marisa, an All-Metro selection her senior year at Glenelg, is a junior at Villanova. Elisa, The Sun's Player of the Year last fall after leading the Gladiators to a second state title, is a freshman at Georgetown.
"Elisa is doing great. I'm very happy with her," said Georgetown coach Jolene Nagel. "I look for her to be a strong contributor throughout the year."
Elisa has started some games at outside hitter. Marisa is starting at middle hitter at Villanova.
Volleyball set to start
While other fall sports have begun playing real games, county volleyball teams, which do not play nonleague matches this year, begin their season Tuesday. Four county teams are ranked in The Sun's top 15: No. 1 Centennial, No. 3 Mount Hebron, No. 7 Glenelg and No. 15 Oakland Mills. The Scorpions will be tested early, traveling to Centennial Tuesday.
Basketball coach needed
Glenelg is looking for someone to coach its JV girls basketball team. Call athletic director Mike Williams at (410) 313-5539 if interested.
Pub Date: 9/13/96