Two young women with famous names and links to this area have been named girls basketball coaches at Annapolis High School.
Annapolis athletic director Fred Stauffer announced yesterday afternoon that Theresa Ross, daughter of Georgia Tech head football coach and former Maryland coach Bobby Ross, has been named head Panthers' girls coach while Anne Arundel County's All-time leading scorer, Patty Dages, has been named top assistant.
The 24-year-old Ross is a graduate of High Point High School in Prince George's County and Loyola College in Baltimore. She played basketball all four years of high school and three at Loyola before a knee injury.
"We felt that Theresa had the personality and know-how to do the job," said Stauffer. "She should have a good rapport with the kids, yet we believe she will be firm when she has to be.
"Her playing experience will definitely help her. She's very self-confident and enthusiastic, and is organized. She even remarked about a former coach of hers along the way who used to post a practice schedule detailing how the workout would go each day."
Ross, who could not be reached for comment, succeeds Daryl Watson, who coached the team for several years but was not asked back this season.
"Winning is not the most important thing, but rather generating interest and enthusiasm, and already I've been hearing around school that a large number of girls will be coming out this year," said Stauffer, who has seen the program hit rock bottom in recent years with only a handful coming out for the team despite its Class 4A status.
"We expect that to change with Theresa and Patty."
Ross is doing graduate work at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and hopes to land a substitute teacher's job in Anne Arundel County. Her goal is to teach English full time.
Annapolis veteran head boys basketball coach John Brady said Ross "is a very impressive young lady who wants to make it on her own and not her father's name."
Dages will be her top assistant and it's undecided whether she will coach the junior varsity team or sit on the bench with Ross.
"We haven't made that decision because we're looking for another assistant to be JV coach because the others who applied were not interested in being a JV coach," said Stauffer. "We interviewed five really good candidates, but the others didn't want the JV job.
"If we don't get another assistant, Patty will be JV coach."
Dages set the county's career record for points scored at Brooklyn Park High, scoring 2,262 points from 1979-1983 and was named The Anne Arundel County Sun Girls Basketball Player of the Decade for the '80s.
Only three other metro area girls ever scored more points than Dages -- Curley Jones of Arlington Baptist, Baltimore County (2,586); Tori Harrison, Towson Catholic (2,516); and Gert Scott, Towson Catholic (2,355).
The only other Anne Arundel County player to crack the 2,000-point milestone was Southern's Dayna Scott, who graduated in 1985 with 2,064.
Dages went on from Brooklyn Park on a full scholarship to Auburn University, where she played four years for the Tigers.
Her former high school coach Art St. Martin, who is now head women's coach at Catonsville Community College and who won six state championships, called Dages "the best player I ever coached."