Help could be on the way for state high school head coaches who find themselves stretched to the limit despite the help of one paid assistant coach.
The Maryland State Board of Education will meet a week from today, and on its agenda will be a proposal to allow volunteers to assist in coaching high school athletic teams, according to Ned Sparks, secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
At its next meeting, Oct. 31, the board will vote on the proposal, which was initiated and is supported strongly by local superintendents.
Sparks said that if the proposal is passed, it could be implemented in time for the 1990-91 winter season. But despite strong support from coaches, Sparks said, it is difficult to tell whether the board will approve the proposal.
"There's some momentum for it, but there are a lot of new [board] members. We have to see what their feelings are," he said.
If passed, the additional wording would read:
"Member MPSSAA schools may permit volunteer athletic coaches to assist their coaching staff. These volunteer coaches may not serve as head coaches at any level and must work only under the direction of the head coach. The volunteer coach may be utilized if the following procedures are followed:
"a) The volunteer coach shall be at least 21 years old anpossess a high school diploma.
"b) The volunteer coach shall have completed or be enrolled in a one-credit course in the prevention and care of athletic injuries."
It was not easy for Ken Johnson to leave Randallstown afootball coach to become athletic director and football coach at Chesapeake-Baltimore County.
The 1990 Randallstown team has a solid nucleus from a team that made it to the state semifinals, and most of the players had been with Johnson for three years.
"That was the hardest thing for me to leave. The teaching position you can understand. You are a professional, and you do what you have to do," he said. "But the football part of it was tough. I put my soul, my love and everything else into it. It was very difficult. I was very close to that senior class."
Randallstown is 2-0, with big wins over Annapolis and Lackey.
Chesapeake also is 2-0, beating Northeast, 30-6, then edging Hammond, 14-12.
"We've got pretty good balance," Johnson said. "We had quite a few kids return from last year. We only had three seniors last year."
One player who has thrived under Johnson's wing-T offense is quarterback Dave Disciullo, a second-year starter. He has completed 12 of 25 for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
Linebacker Derek Ruby has been a force. Against Hammond, the 5-foot-10, 205-pound senior had 13 solo tackles, seven assists and two fourth-quarter interceptions.
"They're adjusting to me well, and I'm adjusting to them," said Johnson. "It's been a nice transition."
Calvert Hall, at No. 10, still is ranked in the area's soccer top 10 despite an 0-2 start, because those losses have come against No. 1 Oakland Mills and No. 2 Howard. Today the Cardinals play host to No. 3 Centennial (3:45 p.m.) in one of the week's top games.
No. 4 Severna Park (1-1) is at No. 6 Broadneck (1-0) at 7 tonight in an Anne Arundel County 4A League game. Tomorrow, No. 1 Oakland Mills (2-1) will take on Harford County's top team, Bel Air (1-0), at Bel Air at 6:45 p.m.
Severna Park's girls soccer team extended its Anne Arundel County-record winning streak to 26 by defeating visiting Old Mill, 3-1, Friday.
First-half goals by Cathi Hanson, Erin Wylde and Betsy Anderson helped keep Severna Park unbeaten in 33 games since the 1987 regional final against Old Mill.
"They lost five of their best players from last year, and they're still the best team in Anne Arundel County," said Old Mill coach Bruce Sponsler. "That shows their depth from last year."
Severna Park's sophomore-dominated volleyball team raised itstate-record win streak for regular-season games to 77 with Friday's 15-3, 15-10, 15-12 victory over LaPlata.
Sophomores Catherine Kirk and Kate Marks sparked the win. Severna Park is unbeaten since 1984.
Overtime: High school soccer players are invited to register in a national directory to assist college coaches in identifying students who wish to continue playing. The registration deadline is Oct. 10. For further information, call (904) 233-6681 or (904) 231-4022.... Carnell Reavis is Forest Park's new varsity boys basketball coach. He previously coached the junior varsity basketball team and also is an assistant varsity football coach. He is the Foresters' fourth boys basketball coach in as many seasons.