For coach, a long love affair with lacrosse


Name: Warren Michael

Job description: 12th year as director of Hero's Inc. of Howard County, a summer lacrosse league with about 1,300 players from fourth-graders to 12th-graders for boys, post-college for women. League has 34 boys teams totaling about 830 players, and 18 female teams totaling about 450. Budget about $60,000. Works through boys director, two girls directors, two or three coaches per team. Practices at Dunloggin Middle-Northfield Elementary fields; all games at night, Cedar Lane Park for boys, Centennial Lane Park for women.

Age: 38

Residence: Font Hill section, Ellicott City

Personal: Grew up in Glenelg, played in first Hero's program 25 years ago. Graduate of Glenelg High School, Western Maryland College after attending Washington & Lee University for two years. Computer science teacher, athletic director, assistant boys lacrosse coach at Centennial High School. Coached Mount Hebron High School's boys team for a decade. In county school system 17 years. Midfielder in college. Married; son, daughter play Hero's ball.

Biggest reward from job: "I just love being [at the fields], seeing the kids get better in the sport. And it's great working with the coaches, about 90 percent of whom played in this league and are now helping teach others."

Biggest challenge of the job: "Trying to make everyone happy as to what teams they're on, answering all the phone calls, especially with the numbers of players we're talking about now. It peaks a week or so before we begin, of course. I came home one night and found 48 messages on my answering machine. We even have early-bird registration with a discounted price, but people still wait till the last minute."

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