Western Maryland Coach To Work At Glenelg Again

Mike Williams Will Be Juggling Several Jobs

June 26, 1991|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Contributing writer

Western Maryland College men's lacrosse coach Mike Williams' life will be just a bit more hectic when he coaches the Green Terrors next spring.

Williams, a former social studies teacher, coach and athletic director at Glenelg High, says the groundwork is in place for him to return to his old high school.

Williams, who left Glenelg nearly a decade ago to pursue a master's degree and later taught at Oakland Mills High, replaces Chuck Struhar as Glenelg's athletic director.

Struhar stepped down from the position last week after four years.

"I feel it's a real advantagethat Chuck has been here. Everything is organized," says Williams, 40. "It's not a matter of coming in here and fixing anything. Everything already is fixed. It's a matter of keeping it fixed."

Williams will continue to teach social studies in the mornings at Oakland Mills. Then he will come to Glenelg, where, in addition to running the athletic department, he will help run ALPS, an alternative learning program for students with disciplinary problems.

And, beginning next February, he will drive up to Westminster to coach the Western Maryland Green Terrors.

Williams, who began teaching at Glenelg in 1974 after graduat

ing from Western Maryland College, was among a groupof coaches -- including Struhar, track coach Roger Volrath and now-principal Jim McGregor -- who rejuvenated Glenelg's athletic program in the late-1970s.

Williams started the boys lacrosse program in 1975 and led the Gladiators to five straight winning seasons. He also coached football for two years before starting the boys soccer team in1978.

He went on to serve as Glenelg's athletic director from 1979 to 1982, when he took a one-year sabbatical to pursue a master's degree in physical education and athletics administration. Williams earned his first master's degree in liberal arts in 1976. He earned bothdegrees at WMC.

In addition to teaching social studies at OaklandMills for the past seven years, Williams also served as the school'sathletic director for a year before Ken Klock took over the job he still holds.

"I'm a Type A (personality) person. If I'm not busy, I'm bored," said Williams, who has coached the men's lacrosse team at Western Maryland for 10 years. Over that span, Williams has led the Green Terrors to a Top 20 Division III ranking three times. Western Maryland has enjoyed a winning season for five consecutive years.

"One of the concerns I had when I first took the Western Maryland job was how would it interfere with my duties in Howard County," Williams said.

"I would stop it (coaching at Western Maryland) if I didn't enjoy it or if it affected my top priorities, which are my family andmy professional commitment to Howard County. Jim and I are comfortable with that."

McGregor said his previous experience with Williamsweighed heavily in his decision.

"I was hoping to get Mike back and I was hoping Mike wanted to come back," said McGregor, a former athletic director who became Glenelg's principal last year.

McGregorsaid he hopes to get Williams on Glenelg's full-time staff next year.

"Mike is a good coach and a good teacher. He works well with kids. He knows how to manage his time, and he doesn't settle for mediocrity," McGregor added.

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