Three county high schools have hired new varsity boys basketball coaches.
Mount Hebron selected former Glenelg Country School coach John Aquila to replace Scott Conroy, who moved into school administration and is ineligible to coach.
River Hill chose Brian Van Deusen, the Hawks JV coach last season, to replace Tom Schneider, an emergency coach last year.
And Glenelg Country School hired former Centennial JV assistant coach Charlie Stewart to replace Aquila.
Mount Hebron athletic director Mark Cates said: "We had a lot of strong applicants, and we're very happy we got a top one. He just built a program at Glenelg Country School, and they were very convincing about how beneficial he was to their program."
Aquila, 50, compiled a 58-39 record at Glenelg Country School. His Dragons lost in the semifinals of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's C Conference championships twice and in the final once. He upgraded Glenelg's schedule to include such teams as MIAA A Conference power Loyola.
"I'm pretty excited," said Aquila, who inherits an established program with a proud history that includes one state championship in 1984, eight county championships and four of the top five all-time leading county scorers -- three of whom played Division I college basketball.
Aquila, a teacher at Elkridge Landing Middle School, spent two years as an assistant coach at Mackin (D.C.), six years coaching JV and assistant varsity at Oakland Mills and three years as Howard's assistant varsity coach. He coached two undefeated JV teams at Oakland Mills.
Glenelg Country School athletic director Al Poklemba said: "We were sorry to see John move on. He did a great job here."
Van Deusen, 25, son of River Hill athletic director and football coach Don Van Deusen, will enter his third season of coaching basketball for the Hawks. Two years ago, he was the JV assistant coach.
He played football, basketball and baseball at Atholton and set passing records at Western Maryland College, where he is an assistant baseball coach.
Van Deusen teaches math and physical education at River Hill. The Hawks, 7-16 last season, have not had a winning record during their first four seasons.
Stewart played basketball at Centennial High and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Board of Education will hear reports on two athletic-related matters between about 4: 35 p.m. and 5: 15 p.m. today.
One will present the high school principals' position on practice and games during mid-term exam week; the other will reflect the principals' position about lighted stadiums. Only Howard High has lights.
Laun, Notes are medalists
Mount Hebron's Matt Laun and Oakland Mills' Josh Notes were medalists at 38 during Howard County Golf Club play at Timbers of Troy last week. Mount Hebron and Glenelg (both 3-0) are tied for first. Oakland Mills and Centennial are both 2-1.