Morgan close to filling vacancies New track coach to be named first

January 27, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Updates from the hiring front:

* Morgan State is nearing the end of some searches it began when Leonard Braxton resigned as athletic director and track and field coach in October and left for Arizona State. Football coach Ricky Diggs also is free to rebuild his staff, which was torn apart by a player revolt in November.

"We received 47 applications for the athletic director's position," said Raymond Downs, Morgan State's vice president for student affairs. "A small committee is in the process of reviewing them, and it will make some recommendations. Hopefully, we'll begin interviews next week. We had hoped to have someone in by the end of January, but that's not going to happen.

"We're looking for someone with experience in management, someone who'll be able to raise the funds that can move us up to the next level."

Downs said that Morgan State was getting ready to offer the track and field job to one of the finalists, and that he wanted to have that position filled by the end of this week.

Downs also said that Diggs "has been given the green light to make some [football] hires." In November, assistant coach L. C. Cole was relieved of his duties and four part-time assistants were not rehired. Diggs' priority has been recruiting.

* Loyola had a new face at basketball practice yesterday. Tom Young, who racked up 524 wins in stops at Catholic, American, Rutgers and Old Dominion, accepted Joe Boylan's invitation to join the Greyhounds as a volunteer assistant coach for the rest of this season. Boylan, the athletic director, has been interim coach since Tom Schneider's resignation Jan. 15.

"Tom [Young] is going to be here for a couple of days this week, and he'll help out off and on the rest of the season," Boylan said. "He's going to watch practice today [yesterday], and give us his thoughts. It gives our players the opportunity to learn from someone who's won 500 games."

Boylan said that Young won't be on the bench when the Greyhounds play Fairfield tomorrow (7:30 p.m.) at Reitz Arena.

* Maryland is down to six finalists in its search for a soccer coach, and varsity sports director Gothard Lane said that the Terps probably will announce a replacement for Alden Shattuck next week. UMBC coach Pete Caringi applied but said he didn't

know if he was among the finalists.

The Union label

Duke isn't the only defending NCAA champion coming to Prince George's County on Saturday. The Duke men play at Maryland in the afternoon, and Virginia Union, last year's Division II titlist, plays a 7:30 p.m. game at Bowie State.

Coach Dave Robbins has a 13-2 record and an eight-game win streak after last night's 88-73 win over St. Paul's. The Richmond-based Panthers are headed to their 10th straight NCAA tournament, butthey're taking seriously their visit to Bowie State, despite the Bulldogs' recent slide to a 6-12 record.

A year ago, Virginia Union was a 51-48 loser at Bowie State, its only defeat in the Northern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Panthers didn't lose again, winning DTC their last 10 games and beating Bridgeport in the NCAA championship.

"Last year's game at Bowie State was a wake-up call," said Robbins, whose 16-year record is 357-89. "They [Bowie State] had a worse record last year than they do now, and we respect them."

Time running out for IIIs

There's less than a month left in the regular season for Division III, and Johns Hopkins and Salisbury State are in position to return to the NCAA tournament. Each is ranked No. 5 in its region, the Blue Jays in the Mid-Atlantic and the Sea Gulls in the Atlantic.

Salisbury State, which reached the NCAA quarterfinals last season, lost its first game of the new year to drop to 3-6, but has since won seven straight. It takes a 10-6 record into tonight's (7:30) home game against Wesley.

The Sea Gulls have rallied without senior transfer Aaron Wood, who became academically ineligible at the end of the first semester. He's hoping to rejoin the team. A 28.5 average has lifted Dameon Ross to third in the NCAA scoring race, and forward Kevin Cromer has 997 career points.

Hopkins began the season with five straight wins, lost five of its next six by a combined 11 points and takes a five-game win streak into tonight's (7:30) game at Washington College.

Players of the Week

Men

Charleston Southern: Darnell Sneed, a senior guard/forward out of Douglass High and Baltimore City Community College, was named by the Big South Conference. He set conference records by hitting 18 of 19 free throws and scoring 39 points in a loss at UMBC.

Coppin State: Sophomore forward Michael Thomas was named Rookie of the Week by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He had 27 points and 10 rebounds in wins over UMES and Florida A&M.

Morgan State: Senior center James White was named by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He had 49 points, 55 rebounds and nine blocked shots in victories over Delaware State, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.

Salisbury State: Junior guard Dameon Ross (Du Val High) was named by the Eastern States Athletic Conference and ECAC Division III South Region for the second straight week. He averaged 32.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in three victories.

Women

Morgan State: Senior forward Denikwa Shelby was named by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. She had 50 points and 30 rebounds in three conference wins.

Mount St. Mary's: Sophomore Susie Rowlyk was named by the Northeast Conference. In a win over Rider, she had career highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds, and tied a conference record by making all 10 of her free throws.

Salisbury State: Senior guard Jennifer Boone was named by the Eastern States Athletic Conference. She had 42 points in two games, going over 1,000 for her career.

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