Former Player Wants Opportunity To Coach

October 03, 1990|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Contributing writer

WANTED: Accomplished athlete in several sports seeks beginning job coaching high school sports and teaching physical education.

That's a possible classified ad that Barb Wolf might be running in a few months.

She is in transition now, no longer a full-time athlete, not yet a full-time coach.

But in these days when female high school coaches are in short supply in some areas, she shouldn't have to sweat out finding a job too long.

The 22-year-old former Glenelg High and Western Maryland College athletic star is finishing up Maryland state teaching certification credits this fall. She'd like to coach sports and teach physical education in high school after that.

"A lot of people have told me they think I'll make a good coach," Wolf said. "I would like to go back to Glenelg to coach."

She's already had some practice coaching: "Every summer in college I've coached at a couple of camps," she said.

And this fall, she's the assistant field hockey coach at WMC.

She earned 12 varsity letters at that Westminster school, including four each in field hockey and basketball, and two apiece in softball and track. Basketball was by far her top sport. The 5-foot-11 forward scored 1,300 points and was the Green Terrors second all-time scoring leader.

She trails the top career scorer, Cindy Boyer, who scored 1,577. And in her last game, Wolf passed her coach, Becky Martin, who scored 1,299 points for the Green Terrors. Wolf leads the career list of rebounders at WMC with 1,025. And she is also No. 1 in career steals with 258.

Wolf also set a single season rebounding record her senior year with 347. She also was all-conference team selection three times in basketball.

And her hoop teams met with tremendous success, especially her junior and senior seasons, compiling records of 20-5 and 18-5, respectively. For her four years, the team was 64-34.

Her best scoring output -- 32 points -- came her sophomore year against the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She came to WMC after an impressive high school career at Glenelg, scoring more than 900 points and becoming all-county in basketball. She also played softball and field hockey at Glenelg.

Wolf deliberately chose a Division III school such as WMC, even though she could have played basketball at a much bigger school.

"WMC was just the right school for me, because it allowed me to play three sports, still have a social life and keep up my academics," Wolf said. "I'm really happy to have been where I was."

She has an ample list of pleasant memories.

"The game we played against Moravian for the conference championship my junior year was a good memory," Wolf said. "We had lost to them my sophomore year, and I remember on the way to the game we watched the movie, 'Hoosiers.' It ended just before we got there. We were so pumped up by the movie that we went out and beat them."

"Hoosiers" tells the story of a small Indiana high school that somehow beats much larger schools to win the state title.

Some other good memories she experienced against Johns Hopkins basketball teams. Last year, two former Glenelg High athletes -- Sylke Knuppel and Kris Kantowski -- played for Hopkins.

"This year Hopkins and Western Maryland ended up tied for second place in the league, and only the top two teams go to the playoffs," Wolf said. "So it was a crucial game, and even though we lost, it was exciting."

Early last season, she had played one of her all-time best games against Hopkins, sparked, no doubt, by the presence of Kantowski and Knuppel.

And then there was the game she scored her 1,000th point. That should be a top memory, right?

"They stopped the game and gave me the ball," Wolf said. "But I can't remember what team it was against."

That lapse in memory probably speaks volumes about Wolf, who keeps sports in perspective.

For the record, that 1,000th point came against Delaware Valley in the first game of her senior season.

Wolf first caught the sports bug from her four older brothers, who were athletes: "I also had excellent coaches along the way, and each one made me want to coach."

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