Aacc Loses Soccer Coach

Hillory Dean Resigns Before Season Starts

August 06, 1991|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff writer

Hillory Dean's tenure as women's soccer coach at Anne Arundel Community College has ended before it even started.

Dean, 30, a part-time student at the college, has resigned less than three months after being named successor to Mike Miles. Dean served as an assistant to Miles, who resigned in February, for the last six years.

Dean, who works at a computer research office in Bowie, would notcomment on the resignation, made official last Thursday.

James Atwell, the vice president of academic affairs, said Dean's letter of resignation cited "complications in his own student life and job life which preclude carrying out his duties as soccer coach."

"He did some good work for us in the past," Atwell said. "I think he's a talented young coach and I wish him well in his coaching future."

Athletic director C.A. "Buddy" Beardmore said other reasons given in the letter include future knee surgery and his recent marriage and move tothe Eastern Shore.

"I accept the letter based on what's said there," Beardmore said. "He was here (yesterday) morning to schedule classes and we talked about the letter. Otherwise, I can't comment on personnel issues."

His departure comes the same week as a disclosure that the Pioneers used an ineligible player in a September game in New Jersey.

After conducting an internal investigation into past improprieties in the athletic department, a four-member task force released a report last week stating that the player was allowed to participate in the game despite having "an insufficient grade-point average."

Miles and Dr. Thomas Florestano, president of the college, were unavailable for comment on the report.

Practice begins Aug. 12, with the season-opener Sept. 3 against Navy.

Under Miles, Anne Arundel went 86-30-12 and qualified for the past three national tournaments. In 1988, the Pioneers were ranked No. 1 among junior colleges in the nation.

Dean is the second coach to resign from the college in the last week. Last Monday, Carol Taylor stepped down as volleyball coach after 13 seasons.

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