High school coaches stay active in the offseason

Wayne Reisberg practices the discus throw in his Marriottsville backyard. A 68-year-old volunteer track coach at Century, he competed in the Senior Olympics in Houston last month.
Wayne Reisberg practices the discus throw in his Marriottsville backyard. A 68-year-old volunteer track coach at Century, he competed in the Senior Olympics in Houston last month. (Baltimore Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum)

At 68, Wayne Reisberg likes to stay active. A volunteer track and field coach at Century, he walks a lot, throws the discus and enjoys traveling around the country with his wife Pauline.

Reisberg combined sports with travel a few years back and began competing in the Senior Olympics. Last month, he finished ninth in the discus in the 65-69 age group at the national senior games in Houston with a throw of 109 feet, six inches. It was an improvement from his 14th-place finish in the 60-64 age group four years ago in Louisville.

"It's an excuse to travel somewhere else with the wife," Reisberg said. "We had never been to Kentucky, so we went down to Mammoth Cave while we were there. This one, we [went] down to Galveston on the Gulf Coast and to NASA, the [Johnson] Space Center in Houston. We did a trip last August out to the Northwest and we figured there's only about six states I haven't been in and about eight she hasn't. One of them was Texas."

The retired social studies teacher coached the South Carroll track team from 1967 to 1999. Later, while filling in as a substitute teacher at Century, one of his students said the Knights were losing their cross country coaches. He took the job for a few years.

Since 2004, he's helped with the track team, coaching discus and shot put.

"I enjoy the closer contact with the teenagers," said Reisberg, who has three grandchildren. "I guess I'm an encourager. The other thing I probably got the most out of in my life is teaching driver's ed. Just to see kids progress from being scared of driving to being proficient. Same thing in throwing. It needs a lot of skill, and it's rewarding to see kids progressing when they work hard."

Reisberg played soccer and baseball in high school at Milford Mill, but when he got to Catonsville Community College, there was no baseball team, so he joined the track and field team. He started throwing the discus, shot put and javelin.

He now throws the discus 15 to 20 times each day, either at Century or in his back yard, and he still loves coaching.

"My wife sort of said I should stop coaching and then we could travel more, but we have a great bunch of juniors coming back," he said. "She saw my enthusiasm and she said, 'Why don't you just keep coaching? You enjoy it so much.'"

After the senior Olympics, the Reisbergs headed to Lake Placid for a family vacation.

They'll also spend part of this summer working at the Baltimore County Christian Work Camp, improving houses and cleaning up yards for elderly and disabled residents. Then, they'll pack up and head for another work camp based at Frostburg State with fellow members of the Wards Chapel United Methodist Church, including their daughter Wendy Miller and granddaughter Rachael Miller.

Following is a look at what some other local high school coaches are up to this summer:

Herman 'Tree' Harried, Lake Clifton, boys basketball

It wasn't long ago that Herman "Tree" Harried was mentoring a promising young point guard in one of the many summer basketball camps he's helped instruct in the 14 years he's been head coach at Lake Clifton. What impressed Harried the most about this camper, Chris Paul, was his willingness to listen and consistently give it his all.

These days, Paul is playing for the New Orleans Hornets and is regarded as one of the finest point guards in the NBA. Every summer, he gives back with his own CP3 Elite Basketball Camp in Winston-Salem, N.C.

And whom did he choose to be the camp director? Harried.

For Harried, a former Dunbar and Syracuse standout, the opportunity to teach basketball and life lessons to youth from all over the country and the world is his calling. He recently wrapped up Paul's camp and next up is the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, where Harried is serving as a camp counselor.

He'll close out the summer back home running the Herman "Tree" Harried Basketball Skills Academy. Joining him at all the camps this summer is his son Armon, 10.

"It's great teaching young men at the national level, and I enjoy seeing the different attitudes of players from all over the world," said Harried, who has also traveled abroad as an assistant coach on U.S. youth national teams. "It's a great experience to interact and socialize with players and other coaches throughout the basketball community."

Albert Holley, Milford Mill, boys basketball

For the past eight years, Albert Holley, who has guided the Millers to two straight state championships and three consecutive Baltimore County crowns, has jumped from coaching his high school team to summer league AAU ball.

This summer, Holley is exchanging the hardwood for the woods.

The Millers' fifth-year coach is serving as athletic director at Timber Ridge Camp, located in the heart of the Shenandoah Mountains in West Virginia.

The two-month camp, which has been around for over 50 years, will host more than 250 children ages 6 to 16 from across the world. Holley is in charge of organizing the daily sports activities, which include tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, football and, of course, basketball. Joining him will be his oldest daughter, seven-year-old Nyla.

"It's in the middle of nowhere, the air is fresh," Holley said. "It's a good place to clear your mind and recharge the batteries."

Ginny Dauses, St. Mary's, volleyball

Ginny Dauses, who works in campus Ministry at the Annapolis school, is spending her summer helping St. Mary's students learn more about themselves and their faith through working for the less fortunate and interacting with other Catholic youth from around the world.

Last month, Dauses took about 30 students to Catholic Heart Work Camp in Tampa, Fla. She has worked at one of the camps, building houses and doing other chores for the needy, across the country for 20 years and has taken a group from St. Mary's for six years. She said the trip helps her get to know the students on a different level.

"From a coach's perspective, in a lot of ways it teaches kids more about teamwork than what they would learn on the field or on the court in the sense that they're living together for a week, eating together, doing everything together," said Dauses, the Saints' JV volleyball coach. "There's no break time. We didn't have air conditioning at the work camp, so I think it bonds a group more than anything else I've ever experienced."

In mid-August, Dauses will take another group of about 30 to World Youth Day in Madrid, an event held every three years that draws Catholic youth from all over the world and culminates in Mass said by the Pope. She has also been to previous World Youth Days in Canada and Germany.

"It teaches the kids a lot about the Christian atmosphere at a Catholic high school, that sports isn't the end-all, be-all of life," said Dauses, who is joined on both trips by assistant coach Leonie Beck. "It reminds them of what's more important. Sports is there to teach you life lessons, and I think these kids realize that when they experience the poor like they do at work camps or experience, literally, the world through other cultures at World Youth Day."

Lawrence Smith, Dunbar, football and softball

Smith is best known as one of the area's most successful high school football coaches, leading the Poets to their fourth state title in five years last fall. But his summer plans revolve largely around another sport — softball.

Not only does Smith help coach daughter Maya's club softball team, the Parkville Thunder, but the whole family travels to many of her club tournaments. They always fit in a few side trips as mini-vacations, because there's just no time for Smith and his wife Kimika to take a longer vacation with Maya, 14, who will be a sophomore at Mercy in the fall, and her brother Marlon, 8.

"Summer's a great time that we try to balance things out, because once football starts, they know football is an everyday thing," Smith said. "They know that I'm going to be mostly gone during football, so [in the] summer, we use tournaments to get away. [Last month,] when we were in Chambersburg, Pa., for a national tournament, we took a day off and we went to Hershey Park."

Maya's club schedule keeps them moving up and down the East Coast all summer. Marlon plays baseball, but his games are still local. Their dad has commitments to local football camps and clinics as well as making sure the Poets' summer workouts, camps and seven-on-seven competitions are coordinated by his assistant coaches. In addition, he teaches four weeks of in-service classes to other Baltimore City Public Schools police officers.

For Smith — who also coaches the Poets' softball team — the two sports are complementary.

"I love coaching softball as much as I love coaching football," he said. "It's another outlet. I love the girls. They try to accomplish the same things as the boys, get into college. I've been around these girls the past five years at Parkville. These girls are really pushing themselves, and that's what I enjoy. Plus, I love coaching my daughter."

Becky Trumbo, Century, volleyball and girls lacrosse

Since Sept. 2, Becky Trumbo has known exactly what she would be doing this summer. That's the day Tim Groves proposed marriage.

A phys ed teacher at Century, Trumbo wanted a summer wedding, so the couple used the winter months — before the hectic lacrosse season — to find her dress and plan for the church, the reception hall and a honeymoon in the Bahamas.

Still, there's been a lot to do before Trumbo walks down the aisle July 24 in front of 120 guests at Liberty Reform Presbyterian Church.

She had final arrangements to make with the photographer, the DJ and the reception hall. She worked a few volleyball camps, including two with her brother Brian, a groomsman in the wedding. A trip to Ocean City with the family gave her time to tan. She's also moving — from the house she bought the day before she met Groves, an emergency room physician's assistant, into his house.

"There's a million things to do," Trumbo said. "Life is so hectic right now. I would say it's stressful, but exciting. It's one of the best times of my life."

Katherine Dunn reported on Reisberg, Dauses, Smith and Trumbo. Glenn Graham reported on Harried and Holley.

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