Former Marylander Dolch making himself comfortable in Iowa

Area colleges

December 13, 1990|By Paul McMullen

HE MISSES fresh seafood and a rather large extended family, but Dave Dolch has no other complaints about life in Sioux City, Iowa.

Dolch, who played football at Northeast High and Western Maryland College, is best known here for engineering a turnaround at Bowie State, which went from the nation's longest losing streak in 1987 to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1988.

In 1989 Dolch inherited a 15-game losing streak at Morningside College, but the Chiefs went 7-4 this fall, the most wins there since 1912. In between taking its first four and last three, Morningside lost four straight games, one by a 29-21 score to North Dakota State, a rival in the North Central Conference.

That's the same North Dakota State that last weekend routed Indiana, Pa., 51-11, to claim its fifth NCAA title in the last eight years.

"Our game was the closest anyone came to beating North Dakota State this year," Dolch said. "We're in the toughest Division II conference in the nation, and if we can compete here, we can win anywhere."

Last week Dolch signed a contract extension through 1994, then traveled to North Carolina to recruit at a junior college all-star game. Montgomery-Rockville provided him with two of his offensive linemen this year and last. Senior tackle John Boll, a Franklin High grad, was a first-team North Central Conference all-star. Guard Mark Moore is from Gaithersburg.

The other offensive tackle on a unit that gained more than 4,500 yards was Marcus Williams, a transfer who played three years at Bowie State.

* Farther west, another former local hero's coaching career is advancing. He was known as Tub when he starred in basketball at Edgewood High in the mid-1970s, but that nickname isn't used in Provo, Utah, where Charles Bradley is in his second year as an assistant at Brigham Young.

Bradley, 31, was a Western Athletic Conference star for Wyoming from 1977 to '81, played for the Celtics and Sonics in the NBA, and spent several seasons as an assistant coach at San Diego State.

Earlier this year, Dudley Bradley, Charles' brother, expressed interest in the Morgan State job.

* Even farther west, UNLV's defense of its NCAA championship will be made without Barry Young. The Evening Sun Player of the Year in 1986-87 for Mount Hebron, Young is being redshirted this season for academic reasons. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.0 rebounds last season, when he had more playing time than all but one other Rebels' substitute.

Another former Howard County star also could be sitting out the entire season. Oakland Mills grad Coleman Scott was redshirted at George Washington last year. He then transferred to Champlain College, a junior college in Vermont, where he might be eligible for the second semester.

* In local junior college basketball, Dundalk travels to east-side rival Essex Saturday (2 p.m.). The Lions are off to a 6-2 start for first-year coach Ray Daniels, as Kevin Leach, a freshman from Lake Clifton, is averaging 22 points.

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