Glenelg athletic director Mike Williams said he will be the new boys lacrosse coach this spring, even though Howard County regulations prohibit athletic directors from coaching more than one sport. Williams currently coaches the girls soccer team.
Williams said he expects to be granted a waiver for the spring season, and will then decide whether to coach girls soccer again next fall or to give up the athletic director's job.
"It's a surprise," he said. "It's not something that was planned."
Don Disney, Howard County coordinator of athletics, said that a waiver has not yet been requested, but that one is issued about every two years.
"If Glenelg principal Linda Wise requests it, I don't see where there would be a problem with granting it," Disney said.
Williams will replace longtime Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid, who Williams said resigned for health reasons.
"Rick did a great job, made two state final appearances, had a lot of winning seasons and in terms of X's and O's has had as good a run as anyone," said Williams.
Williams, a social studies teacher, is no stranger to lacrosse. He was Glenelg's first coach in 1975. He coached seven seasons before taking over as lacrosse coach at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), where he coached 11 seasons and had three nationally ranked Division III teams.
Kincaid took over the lacrosse program at Glenelg after Williams left.
Williams said that the junior varsity boys team also will have a new coach, as Josh Hatmaker replaces Paul Marshall.