Glenelg athletic director Mike Williams said he will be the new boys lacrosse coach this spring, even though 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.
"I enjoy the coaching," he said. "I'm excited about the lacrosse job. It's a surprise. It's not something that was planned."
Donald Disney, county athletics coordinator, 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, who has been Glenelg's athletic director for 16 years, 12 consecutively.
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 JV boys team also will have a new coach, with Josh Hatmaker replacing longtime coach Paul Marshall.
Glenelg's volleyball team, ranked No. 2 in The Sun poll, is off to a 5-0 start and has yet to drop a game. But some of the Gladiators' best results may be happening off the court.
Continuing the team's tradition of making a charitable donation each year, Glenelg held a volleyball-a-thon this week, with players getting pledges in the community and then taking the court for four hours of matches and contests.
Coach Jennifer Beall said the team will donate a portion of the money collected to the American Heart Association. The Gladiators also will make a donation to the Rayna DuBose assistance fund. DuBuse, a 2001 Oakland Mills graduate and star basketball player, had her hands and feet amputated because of complications from meningitis.
"It gives them a sense of responsibility," said Beall. "It's something that's extremely positive, and the kids feel very good about doing it."
For River Hill's third-ranked volleyball team, the season's first month has been little more than calm before a storm.
The Hawks' 6-0 start against teams not considered among the county's elite has set the stage for a hellacious nine-day stretch in which the Hawks will play four highly-ranked teams.
River Hill plays host to No. 8 Centennial on Tuesday, travels to No. 6 Mount Hebron on Oct. 3, is home for No. 4 Dulaney on Oct. 7 and then is on the road again versus No. 2 Glenelg on Oct. 9.
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Thanks to a 6-0 start during which River Hill girls' soccer team has outscored opponents 26-4, the Hawks, ranked No. 1 in this week's Sun poll, were ranked No. 10 this week in the Student Sports Magazine/Student Sports.com FAB 50 national rankings. Joan Kelso Smedley's squad was also ranked 12th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Sept. 23 national rankings.
Centennial (6-0-2) and Wilde Lake (4-0-1) join River Hill as the only three undefeated girls soccer teams left in the county, and they have one major thing in common - each is riding a red-hot scorer.
For the Eagles, sophomore Mandy Paizs has six of her eight goals and three of her four assists this season in the team's most recent four games.
The Hawks are buoyed by junior Kara Lewis, who has at least a goal in all six games this season. She netted two in River Hill's 3-0 win over Atholton on Tuesday. Her season totals are eight goals and two assists.
But Wilde Lake's Lynlea Cronin (nine goals, one assist) is in a different zone altogether. The senior has found the back of the net in every game this season, including scoring all four Wildecats goals in a 4-2 win at Howard on Sept. 17.