Belinda "Bea" Manley has been named volleyball coach at Anne ArundelCommunity College, marking her return to the sidelines after a five-year absence.
Manley, who coached at Severna Park from 1984 to 1986, replaces Carol Taylor. Taylor resigned last month after 13 seasons, saying it was "in everyone's best interest."
Since leaving Severna Park, Manley has served as a high school referee in basketball, lacrosse and volleyball.
"I was ready to get back into coaching, ready to work with the higher-skilled athletes," she said from her Arnold home yesterday, a day after being named to the job. "I'm looking forward to working with these athletes -- kids who are highly motivated, who really want it and have enthusiasm for the sport."
Manley compiled a 41-2 record at Severna Park and finished second and third in the state tournament her last two seasons. The Falcons were region runners-up to Chesapeake in 1984.
She started out 0-2 in her first campaign, then began a regular-season winning streak for Severna Park that reached 87 matches before the Falcons lost to Glen Burnie last fall.
"I think she'll do well at Anne Arundel. She's a good person for the job," said Tim Dunbar, an assistant to Manley who took over the Falcons program after her departure.
"It's a different game at the junior college level in the sense that there's more competition and more tournaments on the weekends, instead of one-shot matches. And the players are better. But she'll have goodkids, and they'll learn a lot from her.
"The kids always liked her at Severna Park. She understood the young female athlete."
BettyHession, who returns as the Pioneers' assistant coach, said Manley will be "a great asset to the program."
"When Carol resigned, I wasleery about whether I should coach. I worked with her for nine yearsand she taught me all I know about volleyball. But I talked to Bea afew times and I think we'll work well together," Hession said.
"Italked to a number of the kids, and they'll all miss Carol, but we still have a good outlook on the year."
Taylor compiled a 266-173 record and ranked 23rd in the nation in victories among active junior college volleyball coaches. Her teams finished in the top four in Region XX from 1978 to 1987.
AACC began practices today, and its first scrimmage is Aug. 31 at Navy.