Bullock has F.S. Key on the run Girls Coach of the Year

November 30, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Jim Bullock is a walking advertisement for long-distanc running.

He and his wife, Judi, train daily and have run in the New York and Maryland marathons.

His younger daughter, Joy, is the top runner as a junior for the Westminster High girls cross country team.

His older daughter, Bonnie, was No. 1 for Westminster as a freshman and now is running track at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.

Jim Bullock designed a new cross country course for Francis Scott Key High this year, and he played host to the state 1A, Region II meet.

With all those credentials, it shouldn't come as a major surprise ,, that Bullock has performed minor miracles with the Francis Scott Key girls cross country team in four seasons as head coach.

In 1988, there was one girl running for Key.

Bullock took over the next season and is challenging longtime power Westminster for supremacy in Carroll County.

The Eagles finished second to the Owls in the county this season, second in the state 1A, Region II meet and third in the state 1A meet.

That kind of overwhelming success has made Bullock The Baltimore Sun's 1992 All-Metro Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year.

The future is even brighter for Bullock, 50, and Key because its top two runners, Ali Jones and Shannon Hugg, will be back next year. Jones is a freshman and Hugg is a junior.

Although he has a vast background in running, Bullock believes his 14 1/2 years work as a motor skills development specialist in the Maryland school system has been the primary reason for his coaching success.

"I use the same approach with my cross country team that I use when I work with the mentally and physically handicapped," said Bullock.

"I'm firm and positive and push them hard with a structured approach. I challenge them and try to make it fun, and I receive positive feedback."

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