Once a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Player, Doug Williams waited his entire post-playing career to run a professional team. Now the former quarterback is in charge of the Washington Redskins as senior vice president of player personnel, the team announced Tuesday. He's running the show, but Williams made it clear he's not the general manager. "We had a general manager — it didn't work out that well," Williams said, referring to the two-year tenure of Scot McCloughan, who was fired in March. "My job is to control [my] hallway. And I think if we do a good job, no matter what happens, we all get credit for what this football team does." In announcing Williams' promotion from senior personnel executive, team president Bruce Allen said the 61-year-old stood out among more than a dozen internal and external candidates. Allen hired Williams in Tampa Bay and has known him for a long time but said his "plan" made it clear he was the right man for the job that has been done piecemeal for the past few months. Williams, who has been with Washington since February 2014, was the first black quarterback to lead a team to victory in the Super Bowl.
Four local players taken during second day of draft
A handful of players with Baltimore-area and local ties were selected on the second day of the major league baseball draft. Notre Dame right-hander Peter Solomon, a Mount Saint Joseph graduate, was chosen by the Houston Astros in the fourth round. Maryland shortstop Kevin Smith was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays later in the fourth round. Mount Olive left-hander Bruce Zimmermann, a Loyola Blakefield alumnus who previously attended Towson University, was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round. Maryland right-hander Brian Shaffer, a North Harford graduate, went to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth round.
Early-recruiting ban now extends to camps, clinics
The NCAA Division I Council voted Friday to clarify that contact between a recruit and a program is not permitted before the student-athlete's junior year of high school, even when the recruit is participating in an on-campus camp or clinic. The early-recruiting ban initially did not include "recruiting conversations between the certifying institution's coach and a participating prospective student-athlete during the institution's camps or clinics." The amendment, which does not prevent programs from hosting such events, went into effect Monday.
More: Maryland senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge), the reigning Tewaaraton Award winner, added to her postseason honors this week as she was named ILWomen's National Midfielder of the Year on Monday. Classmate Nadine Hadnagy was selected as ILWomen's National Defender of the Year. ... Former Loyola Maryland men's midfielder Chris Myers (Calvert Hall) was named the program's director of operations. Myers, who graduated from Loyola last month, succeeds Joe Fletcher, who recently took a job in finance.
Longtime Navy track and field coach set to retire
Stephen Cooksey, who has led the Navy men's track and field program for the past 29 seasons, winning 14 Patriot League team titles, will retire at the end of August. The former All-America high jumper and 14-time Patriot League Coach of the Year guided 14 Midshipmen to a total of 23 All-America honors. Under Cooksey, Navy went 353-48 in dual meets and won nine indoor and five outdoor conference champiosnhips while producing over 450 All-Patriot League honorees. "Navy has been a wonderful place to be," the Annapolis resident said in a release. "I have been really lucky and blessed to be able to coach the kids that we have here. They are really special. It is what I am going to miss more than anything."
College football: Navy was picked to finish tied for second in the American Athletic Conference's West Division by Athlon Sports.
Men's college tennis: Johns Hopkins seniors Mike Buxbaum, Jeremy Dubin and Emerson Walsh and freshman Joseph Cartledge were named to Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America teams. Dubin earned All-America honors in singles and doubles, while Buxbaum, Cartledge and Walsh did so in doubles.
Women's college tennis: Johns Hopkins senior Ashnaa Rao earned ITA All-America honors in singles and doubles, while classmate Mikey Barthelmass earned the honor in doubles.