Coach's Return To Glenelg To Be A Sort Of Homecoming

After Decade, Williams Back As Athletic Director

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

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

Williams, who left Glenelg nearly a decade ago to pursue a master's degree, and later taught at OaklandMills High School, 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 advantage that 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 runALPS, an alternative learning program for students with disciplinaryproblems.

Williams, who began teaching at Glenelg in 1974 after graduating from Western Maryland College, was among a group of coaches-- including Struhar, track coach Roger Volrath and now-principal Jim McGregor -- who rejuvenated Glenelg's stagnant athletic program in the late 1970s.

Williams started the Gladiators' boys lacrosse program in 1975. He led the Gladiators to five straight winning seasons.He also coached football for two years before starting the boys soccer program in 1978.

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 both degrees at Western Maryland.

In addition to teachingsocial studies at Oakland Mills for the past seven years, Williams also served as the school's athletic 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 also has coached the mens lacrosse team at Western Maryland for the past 10 years. Over that span, Williams has led the Green Terrors to a Top 20 Division III ranking three times. Western Maryland has enjoyed five consecutive winning seasons.

"One of the concerns I had when I first took the Western Maryland job was how would it interfere with my dutiesin 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 and my professional commitment to Howard County. Jim and I are comfortable with that."

McGregor said his previous experience with Williams weighed heavily in his decision to hire Williams over two Glenelg coaches, Rick Kincaid and Dean Sheridan. Both were finalists for the job. McGregor said Kincaid and Sheridan may assist Williams.

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

McGregor said he also hopes to get Williams on Glenelg's full-time staff in the 1992-93 school 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.

"I think he is capable of following in Chuck's footsteps. That's why I'm not concerned with the athletic program. It's in good shape. If anything, it's going to get better."

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