Q: Will Brady, Vain Really Call It Quits?


March 06, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

March may have come in like a lamb, but not those "Q's and A's." They roar in each and every week like a lion; well, maybe sometimes likea lamb.

Questions without answers are from you, the sports fan, who gets on the phone and calls my 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499. The 24-Hour hotline is your forum to raise questions and respond to the county's sports issues.

So, please, don't hesitate to call with your comments on today's "Q's" and notes or to dish out something new.

* Will Annapolis boys basketball coach John Brady and Northeast girls hoop coach Calvin Vain really retire?

Brady swears he will if his Panthers win the next two at the University of Maryland for a repeat state 4A championship and the coveted 300-win plateau. We first told you at the beginning of the season that Brady would get out after 300 wins.

But what if the Panthers win tomorrow night's semifinal game and then lose thestate final Saturday night, leaving Brady stuck on 299? Would the colorful coach return for one win?

"I honestly don't know," said Brady yesterday. "I would have to give that a lot of thought."

And what if the man does get No. 300 Saturday night? Has he planned some sort of a memorable exit in the final seconds if the outcome is obvious? You know, would he leave the arena at Cole Field House like Al McGuire, the former Marquette coach who left alone while the clock was ticking off the seconds of his first NCAA championship about a decade ago?

"Well, I don't know about that, but maybe I could leave early and go right to the limo," laughed Brady, who travels to College Parkeach playoff season in Mike Gunther's long, white limo.

To say that Brady has done it all in style is an understatement.

Vain, known by many as "Flipper," says he won't make up his mind until the summer.

"I talked to John (Brady) about it, and he said I should wait awhile before making up my mind and not be sorry either way," said Vain, who led Northeast to an overall record of 14-10 this year and 19-7 the year before, when he took the Eagles to the Class 2A state semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Mount Hebron of Howard County.

Vain, who won't reveal his age but is believed to be between anywhere from 50 to 65, started coaching at age 16 and, back in the early '80s, was an assistant to Brady. In 1981-1982, he led the Annapolis girls to their finest season ever at 20-7 and state AA runner-up.

It was that season in which Brady labeled Vain "Flipper" because Brady thought the Anne Arundel County Sun Coach of the Year that season was about to "flip out" during a four-game losing streak. Vain was named Coach of the Year a second time last year with Northeast.

* Can you believe that Vain's four-year starter Kristy Zulka, who missed part of this season with an injury, hit 24 three-pointers in only 13 games and had 38 as a junior? Is that an all-star performance or what?

* Who will get another stellar Northeast senior in Stephanie Lazor -- Campbell U., UMBC, Notre Dame of Baltimore or Western Maryland? UMBC and Notre Dame want Lazor for basketball, in which she averaged 17.1 points and 14.5 boards this season. She is also a superb softball player and could play both sports at Western Maryland and Campbell.

* Did you know that all but two players on Coach Jim Doyle's 15-7 Severn boys basketball team carried a grade-point average of 3.3 or better?

* Have you heard that Annapolis High quarterback Darryl Foote signed a letter of intent this week with Division I-AA Delaware State and senior running back Ahmed Middleton, who is a 6-foot-1 center on the Panthers' hoop team, may not be far behind?

"I want to play football in college," said Middleton, one of the best athletes in the county who was named to the Anne Arundel Sun All-County football team last year as a runner and this year as a defensive back. "I'm interested in Delaware State, Frostburg and Salisbury State."

* Didn't Middleton and 6-foot-9 Jon Holden do a great job slowing down Broadneck's explosive 7-foot-2 Boris Beck despite 22 points from the big German in last Friday's 71-69 regional thriller taken by Annapolis?

Can you imagine the stats Beck might have put up this season had he played more?

* Wasn't the crowd control and atmosphere for the big game at Annapolis on Friday night outstanding thanks tothe efforts of Annapolis principal Laura Webb, athletic director Fred Stauffer and School Superintendent Larry Lorton, who stood right inthe middle of the floor behind one of the buckets making sure all fans were seated?

Isn't it refreshing to have a school superintendent who, first of all, loves sports and big games and who cares enough to make sure there are no problems by giving up his Friday night to be there?

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