This Session Of Q's Without A's Has Some Good News


November 27, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

Let me start today's helping of "Q's without A's" by bringing you some good news about one of the county's football coaches.

* Have you heard that Severna Park's veteran football coach and athletic director Andy Borland is resting comfortably at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis after being admitted Monday night with a blood clot on his lung?

"I was having shortness of breath the last few days and decided Ibetter come down here and get it checked out," said the 52-year-old Borland, who has been the Falcons' head coach for 19 years.

Borland drove himself to Anne Arundel and went right to the emergency room."I underwent a battery of tests and a clot was discovered on my lung. It had passed through my leg and heart to my lung, so I'm lucky because it could have killed me," he said.

The Falcons' coach, who this year became the fourth county football coach to attain 100 career wins, said yesterday from his hospital room that he felt no pain and would be in there for three days.

"It's going to take them three days to thin my blood, then I'll be back home," said Borland. "I feel great and am glad I had it checked."

Borland's eating habits are legendary and already coaches and friends are asking, "Can you imaginewhat it will be like for him Thanksgiving knowing his wife will havea big turkey at home?"

But don't worry, guys, I'm sure his familywill take him something tomorrow morning.

If you want to cheer upthe big guy today or Thanksgiving, give him a call on 267-1918 or send him something -- his room number is A621.

* In response to lastFriday's "Sidelines" column on the resignation of Greg Fuhrman as head football coach at Archbishop Spalding, I got a few interesting calls on the Sportsline.

Briefly, the column cited Fuhrman's dissatisfaction with parental pressure at Spalding and the one-hour daily commute to his home in Westminster as the main reasons for his resignation.

"I know parents do aggravate coaches and overstep their boundssometimes, but I think parents are due certain explanations when dealing with education and opportunities for their kids," said A.L. Johnson of Annapolis.

"A lot of these guys take these jobs to better themselves to work their way to a varsity coach or athletic director. Some of them are physical education teachers and teach only three classes a day and coach two varsity sports while being well-compensated in the low $50,000 bracket or upper 50s. That's not chicken feed."

Can you believe those remarks?

Well, let me set Johnson and others who may believe the same straight.

First of all, most coaches donot aspire to become athletic directors because that is the most thankless and least-paying per-hour job in the school system. Public school athletic directors perform full-time duties while given a part-time schedule, and it takes a really dedicated person to be one.

Secondly, most phys-ed teachers instruct five classes a day, not three, and most of them do not make $50,000 and above a year. Those who havebeen head football coaches for 10 years or more are at the top of the coaches' salary scale and that gets them an additional $3,425.

As for the football coaches' salary scale, here it is: one to three years' service, $2,200; four to six years, $2,650; seven to nine years,$3,088; and 10 or more years, $3,425.

And, according to the county Teacher's Salary Scale for 1991-1992, nearly all of the county's coaches are making under $50,000.

A teacher has to get to the 30th year of service step with an approved master's degree to approach $50,000. The 30th step pays $48,871, unless you have earned a doctorate degree, then it is $51,150, and once you get to No. 30, your salary stays the same unless you receive a cost-of-living increase.

One other thing: Johnson, who often raises some good questions, said, "Only about 30 (percent) to 40 percent of the coaches are doing the job forthe joy of helping kids."

I don't agree with that. I believe 85 percent to 90 percent of them love to help the athletes. What do you other sports fans think?

Also, on Coach Fuhrman, Ann Gomes, a Spalding parent, called to say, "I think what Coach Fuhrman said about ourparents was a cheap shot.

"Frankly most schoolteachers in the county would be happy to have parents involved in their programs whetherits academic or athletics."

Involved to a certain point is what Isay.

Spalding boosters club president Charlie Becker said, "We didn't have interferring parents as Greg said. He asked for the parents' involvement, and he even started a touchdown club to get the parents involved. I was surprised at his remarks, because our parents are out to help the program, not hinder it."

* Despite a 9-2 playoff season in Class 3A, did you know that South River High has advertised Dave Summey's head football coaching position for those interested in interviewing?

Did you know that someone told me that Kenny Dunn, former South River assistant to Joe Papetti (who started the program before retiring three years ago), is interested in the Seahawks' job?

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