Teresa Waters, who guided Oakland Mills' girls basketball team to the Class 1A state basketball championship in March, resigned Wednesday and will take over coaching duties at River Hill.
Waters replaces Karen Saunderson, who resigned in March after two seasons.
Waters was offered the coaching position at River Hill before the school opened in 1996 but remained at Oakland Mills for a number of reasons. When Saunderson resigned, Waters, who has taught business/computer science at River Hill since it opened, again was offered the position.
"I did a lot of praying about it, and assessed things on paper," Waters said of the decision process. "It was not easy."
In 17 coaching seasons at Oakland Mills, where her teams went 159-207 -- Waters had taught elsewhere for 10. Having the opportunity to teach and coach at the same school was "a major factor" in her decision, she said.
"I felt very valued by the players," Waters said of her Oakland Mills team, "and have nothing but best wishes for them."
Waters told the Oakland Mills players of her decision on Monday.
"It was extremely emotional," Waters said of the meeting.
Oakland Mills tied for third place (10-8) in the county last season, then won five straight for its first title. It was the school's third trip to the final and Waters' second. Her 23-3 1991 team lost in the championship game.
The Scorpions graduated six players, including All-County guard Jamie Beale, but two starters -- guard Jessica Oster and center ** Rayna DuBose -- should return.
Oakland Mills athletic director Ken Klock said the school has started finding a replacement.
River Hill finished 9-16 overall and 4-14 in the county in its inaugural 1996-97 campaign and 10-12 and 9-9 this past season. The Hawks, who have one of the top players in the county in freshman Greeba Outen (second-team All-County, 12.5 average), split with Oakland Mills last season.
"I'm going to give them my all, just like I did at Oakland Mills," Waters said of her new assignment. "We're going to set realistic goals and work hard. I know the kids are eager."
Atholton has earned the 1997-98 Sportsmanship Cup award for the third straight year. Athletic director Pat Saunderson said he conducts sportsmanship meetings for parents, athletes and coach's prior to fall, winter and spring seasons. A code of conduct is discussed then, he said.
New AD at Atholton
Chuck Fales, who has coached at Atholton for 15 years, has been named the school's athletic director. He replaces Pat Saunderson, who held the position for the last two years.
Fales played football, baseball and basketball at Howard before graduating in 1978. He played football and baseball at Frostburg State and later earned a master's degree in administration and supervision.
Even though he has coached football and lacrosse for 15 years at Atholton, he is completing only his first year teaching there. A physical education instructor, Fales spent 14 years teaching at Hammond Elementary.
Fales has been the offensive coordinator for the varsity football team the last two years and will continue the role in the fall. Because athletic directors can coach only one sport, he will relinquish his duties as coach of the boys JV lacrosse team.
Fales said he was "looking forward to the position." He said his work for the Elkridge Youth Organization -- doing scheduling and fund raising -- will help him at his new position at Atholton.
Saunderson will become the instructional leader for the social studies department at Atholton. He also will coach cross country -- which he did during his two years as AD -- and return to coach indoor and outdoor track.
"I learned a ton of stuff. I've enjoyed it," Saunderson said of his two years as AD.
Atholton is the Class 2A South region champion. Originally, it was reported that the Raiders had lost their title when they had to forfeit a state semifinal game against Loch Raven because a pitcher had worked over the state limit of 14 innings in a seven-day span.
Atholton athletic director Pat Saunderson has since reported that Ned Sparks, executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, reviewed the situation and declared Atholton the region winner because the violation ,, occurred in the state semifinal, not the region final against Howard.
Loch Raven and Atholton both forfeited their semifinal games because of pitching rule violations. Howard ended up losing to Lansdowne in the state semifinals.
A golf tournament to help support Howard High's football team will take place June 15 at Fort Meade. Information: Vince Parnell, 410 313-2874.
Pub Date: 6/05/98