Stara teaches, Bouman learns -- and both their teams win Coaches of the Year 1992 ALL-HOWARD COUNTY BOYS SOCCER TEAM

November 23, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Glenelg's John Bouman, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Boys Soccer co-Coach of the Year with Centennial's Bill Stara, gives Stara much of the credit for Glenelg's success this year.

Bouman, 35, was Stara's assistant at Centennial for four years before moving to Glenelg in 1989.

"I knew nothing about coaching soccer when I started with Stara," Bouman said. "He has tremendous soccer knowledge, and from him I learned a lot of tactics and practice techniques, how to analyze games and make adjustments."

When Bouman made the move to Glenelg he did it with his eyes wide-open. The Gladiators never had posted a winning season and had no strong feeder program.

Since then, an improved Western Howard Youth Program, the development of Bouman's club team -- the Western Howard Wave -- the addition of several transfers and lots of work has led to the turnaround.

Stara molded his Centennial team into another big winner. It is almost expected of him. Few coaches in any sport are more respected.

Stara, 35, has a knack for knowing just how each of his players fits into the larger team picture.

L Both Stara and Bouman played college soccer in Pennsylvania.

Stara, who began coaching at Centennial in 1981 and was 14-0-2 this season for a career record of 140-17-7 record, was a goalkeeper at Behrend College in Erie, Pa., and played briefly for the Pittsburgh Spirit indoor soccer team.

Bouman, who lived in Holland until he was 18, played at Indiana University in Pennsylvania and was drafted by the Spirit but didn't sign.

"I was on a student visa and needed a guaranteed contract, which I didn't get," Bouman said. So he earned a masters in economics at the University of Maryland and has taught at Howard Community College for the past 10 years.

The success of a 12-2-1 season has brought a lot of excitement and satisfaction to Bouman, but he also has learned that winning seasons are much more time-consuming, something Stara learned long ago.

"Luckily my wife Sharrie has been very supportive," said Bouman, who has a four-year record of 25-22-3. "So has the school and the Glenelg parents."

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