Lori Darnall has been selected as the head varsity softball coach atOld Mill High School, moving up from the junior varsity level to replace Debbie Shacklock.
Darnall, a former player who attended Old Mill from 1980 to 1983, teaches physical education at Old Mill Middle School South and served as co-coach with Tom Schlitz of the Patriots junior varsity last spring.
"We think Lori will put our program in the direction we would like to see it go," said Old Mill athletic director Jim Dillon. "She hascoaching experience, she relates well to the players and I think she's a very positive individual."
Darnall, the niece of Southern girls basketball and lacrosse coach Linda Kilpatrick, coached the varsity softball team at Dulaney in 1989, leading the Lions to their first Baltimore County championship in 13 years.
She takes over an Old Mill program that made the regional playoffs the last three years under Shacklock, whose contract was not renewed by Dillon.
Shacklock has filed a grievance, and her hearing is scheduled for the first weekin March. If Shacklock wins, she could be reinstated next season andcompensated for salary lost this year.
Shacklock started at Old Mill as an assistant 15 years ago and succeeded George Valiska in 1989. Her teams lost to Chesapeake, the two-time defending Class 4A statechampions, in the last three regional playoffs.
Old Mill, 13-7 and ranked No. 7 by The Baltimore Sun, lost to Chesapeake, 4-0, in the regional semifinals last spring. In 1990, the Patriots were 18-4 and lost to the Cougars in the regional finals.
In her rookie season, Shacklock's team was 11-5 and lost to Chesapeake in the first round of the regional playoffs. Her overall coaching record is 42-16.