Volleyball, football coach search committees in place Western Maryland notes

December 23, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Western Maryland is doing a little shopping of its own this holiday season, beginning the search for two new head coaches.

The school is looking for successors to football coach Dale Sprague and volleyball coach Jolene Hoover, both of whom resigned earlier this month.

The college will advertise the openings beginning next week in the NCAA News, according to associate director of athletics Carol Fritz.

She said the school also will send announcements to all Middle Atlantic Conference schools and others that may be interested.

"We have two search committees in place to review the applications and then proceed with interviews," Fritz said. "We'll begin reading applications and begin interviewing the week of Jan. 18."

Representatives from the athletic department, faculty and student body are on the search committee. Fritz said the new coaches could be hired by late January or early February.

* Junior tailback Rob Johnson was named to the Champions U.S.A. Division III All-America Football team last week.

The North Carroll grad was an honorable mention selection after rushing for 1,560 yards on a school-record 330 carries. He also set school single-season records in rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns with 18.

"I might get the recognition, but it's really a team thing," said Johnson of his All-America status.

"It's really a tribute to all my teammates and the coaching staff," he said.

* The winter teams won't return to action until 1993.

The men's basketball team (1-6) will travel to Radford for a 7:30 p.m. game on Jan. 4. The women (2-5) will visit Albright Jan. 7 for a 7 p.m. contest.

The wrestling team (2-0) will take to the mat Jan. 9 at Johns Hopkins. Messiah also will compete in the tri-meet slated for 1 p.m.

After competing in the Ed Kennedy Classic at the International Swimming Hall of Fame complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. , the swim team will resume their regular season Jan. 16 at Scranton, Pa. The men finished the 1992 portion with a 1-3 mark, and the women, 4-0.

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