Mervo's Blake gives reins to Williams in basketball


November 07, 1990|By Sam Davis

John Blake says basketball is still his first love and will always be "a part of me," but for now he is handing over the boys varsity basketball program at Mervo High to Woody Williams, the former coach of Lake Clifton.

Blake said yesterday that Williams, who became the school's athletic director this fall, approached him a couple of weeks ago about coaching the team.

After a meeting with Williams and school principal Christolyne Buie, Blake voluntarily stepped aside.

"This was an in-house decision between the principal Woody and myself," said Blake, who also coaches the school's varsity football team. "Personally I would like to keep it as in-house. Basketball is still my first love and will always be a part of me. I may bounce back and coach again. Right now I am not the head coach nor am I going to coach junior varsity."

In seven years Blake compiled a 59-48 record at Mervo. Before Blake took over the program in 1983, Mervo had compiled a 5-28 record the three previous seasons.

"I took the program when nobody wanted it," Blake said.

Last year Mervo made the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference playoffs.

Williams is one of the area's most successful basketball coaches. In 16 years at Lake Clifton, he compiled a 278-93 record.

He left Lake Clifton in 1986 to work as former Maryland basketball coach Bob Wade's administrative assistant. Williams resigned from that position in 1989 the same day that Wade resigned.

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