With the exception of a little game of musical coaches in boys lacrosse and girls track, spring head-coaching positions in Carroll shouldremain consistent.
In boys lacrosse, former assistant coach Jim Langrill becomes the head coach at Liberty High, replacing Bill Gibson, who stepped down after a 10-year career as the school's only coach.
Langrill is in his third year at the school as a business teacher. He graduated from Westminster High and Gettysburg College with former Western Maryland trainer Paul Welliver.
At North Carroll, ChrisKraft takes over from Troy Barnes who, ironically, has started teaching social studies at Liberty. Barnes will be an assistant coach for the Lions.
Both North Carroll and Liberty have struggled in recentyears. The Panthers were 0-11 overall and 0-6 in the county last year after going 3-9 and 0-6, respectively, two seasons ago. The Panthers have won just five games over the past three years.
Liberty, meanwhile, has gone 4-8 in each of the past two seasons after advancing to the state tournament several time in the mid-1980s.
In girls track, Dale Fogelsanger has moved from North Carroll (where he was the head boys coach last year) to Westminster. He replaces Mike Whitmore,who moves to Western Maryland to help another former Westminster girls coach, Doug Renner, with the Green Terrors program.
Stu Krise, last year's girls coach at North Carroll, now is the boys coach for the Panthers. Mike Reed takes over as the new girls coach.
Mike Quealy, a teacher at Sykesville Middle, is the head girls coach at Liberty. He had been an assistant coach for the Lions last year.
The only other coaching change is at Key, where Rob Pennington has taken over as boys tennis coach. He replaces North Carroll High and Western Maryland College graduate Denny Snyder, who becomes the assistant baseball coach at Key.
One coaching change not being made is in girlstrack at South Carroll High. Coach Jim Horn, a recent father and also head girls soccer coach at the school, had said he would not come back as track coach. But Earl Hersh, supervisor of athletics and physical education for county schools, said Horn will be back this spring.
While there have been relatively few changes of note in spring coaching ranks, several scheduling quirks have turned up on county schedules.
Many Central Maryland Conference teams are playing each other three times in baseball and softball this year, but only the second and third meetings will count toward league standings.
The Liberty baseball team may be one of the few county teams ever to play three Pennsylvania teams in one season -- Hanover, Littlestown and Southwestern.
Southwestern also is playing North Carroll this season.
The Westminster softball team also has a couple of games scheduled against Beth Tfiloh, a Baltimore Jewish school. Beth Tfiloh Athletic Director Stuart Tarleton is a county resident.
As usual, Westminster will have a Holiday Tournament in baseball and softball March 30, with the girls playing at Deer Park and the boys at Landon Burns Park.The Owls, by the way, will play early season home softball games at Deer Park but hope to move to one of the new fields at Carroll Community College after April 1, Athletic Director Jeff Oeming said.
Liberty becomes the first county boys lacrosse team to take part in a holiday tournament, playing in the Mount Hebron Tournament in Howard County April 6. As with baseball, basketball and softball, lacrosse holiday tournament games do not count toward regional playoff points.
In tennis, Boonsboro of Washington County has added a tennis program; now all 10 Monocacy Valley Athletic League schools participate in the sport.
Finally, Liberty Athletic Director Bob Henard said he still hopes to add one more girls lacrosse match to the squad's current 11-game schedule. One Baltimore-area school backed out of a scheduled game at the last minute, he said, leaving the Lions scrambling fora final opponent.