Citing personal reasons, Mike McMillan, veteran of 19 seasons at McDonogh, resigned today as the school's football coach. He had stepped down as the Eagles' varsity baseball coach in 1986.
"I am very appreciative of the opportunity McDonogh has given me to coach for so many years," said McMillan, whose teams won 78 and lost 47 in his 12 seasons as head coach. His baseball teams had gone 165-35 in 12 seasons.
McMillan's most successful and satisfying football season was 1987, when the Eagles went 9-1 and finished No. 1 in The Evening Sun Top 20. His son, Mike Jr., quarterbacked the team.
McMillan said he will remain at the school as a teacher of physical education.
* John Carroll is accepting applications for its football coaching post to replace Rob Smith. He resigned last week, citing career ** changes and extensive travel. He had compiled a 13-17 record in three seasons.
* Dulaney's Amanda White placed third in the Kinney nation cross country championships in San Diego last weekend. White, who shared The Evening Sun Runner of the Year honors with Fallston's Jenny Howard, was clocked in 17 minutes and 40.69 seconds for the 5,000-meter course. Melody Fairchild, a senior from Boulder, Colo., set course and meet records in winning in 16:39.26. Jeannie Rothman of Westlake Village, Calif, was second in 17:38.36.
* When will some Anne Arundel County coaches stop taking verbal shots at their peers?
It really is time for some coaches to grow up. They mouth off and, of course, the fire is fueled by some reporters based in that county. It all adds up to a counter-productive message for the county's high school students and athletes.
Broadneck basketball coach Ken Kazmarek is the latest to come under verbal assault because 7-foot-2 Boris Beck arrived at his school on an exchange program from Germany.
One publication referred to Beck as a German "import," as if Kazmarek recruited him and paid his airfare to America just to play basketball for the Bruins.
That's absurd. Charges of illegal recruiting pop up every year. There's a lot of bad-mouthing, but no one comes forward with any concrete evidence to support their claims.
Student-athletes move in and out of Anne Arundel County all the time. When 15-foot pole vaulter Matt Garvin was moving to this area from Waco, Texas, a few years ago, his father looked for the best possible situation and selected Old Mill. The family moved into the district so their son could take advantage of a good situation. Neither the school nor the track coaches recruited him.
There was much furor two years ago when lefthanded pitcher Josh Bullock transferred from South River to Arundel. Coach Bernie Walter at Arundel took heat for recruiting Bullock, but no one had an ounce of proof to support the claim. The fact was, Bullock's father decided his son had a better opportunity playing for Walter at Arundel and did something about it.
After much discussion, Anne Arundel officials did nothing that would indicate they discovered any wrongdoing.
Still, some have nothing better than to make unsupportable accusations. It's the wrong message for supposedly responsible adults to send to kids.
* When Dennis Edwards of Annapolis scored 50 points in the Panthers' 110-101 victory over Parkdale, he connected on 23 of 30 field-goal attempts. Coach John Brady called the effort incredible. "Dennis just went right through them and they couldn't stop him," said Brady. "It's not like they were a bad team. They were kicking us by 15 points before we got going."