Chesapeake's Kraning quits as boys basketball coach

March 26, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Another Anne Arundel County boys basketball coach has called it quits.

Tom Kraning has resigned as head basketball coach at Chesapeake High School in Lake Shore, one week after Wayne Mook stepped down at Severna Park.

Mook resigned after 12 seasons (127-146) because "it wasn't fun anymore." Kraning, who will stay on as Cougars football coach, resigned for different reasons.

"It breaks my heart to give it up because I love basketball," said Kraning, whose Cougars were 8-14 this past season. "Also coaching football, I admit the two sports were kind of getting in VTC the way of each other, but my primary motivator is to get to see my boys play."

Kraning's oldest son, Steve, graduated from Loyola High in Towson and for part of this year attended St. Thomas More Prep School in Connecticut but didn't like it there.

Steve, who is 6 feet 6 and was a key player for Jerry Savage's Catholic League power, has enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College.

"I missed Steve's Tuesday and Friday games with Loyola, and only got to see him play on Sundays in the Catholic League," said Kraning, an Annapolis resident.

"There are a couple of Division III schools, Washington College and Susquehanna, interested in Steve, but I think he will play at Anne Arundel next year and go from there."

Kraning has a son, Danny, who is in the seventh grade, and wants to watch him play sports.

Chesapeake never has had a winning season in boys basketball and was 48-128 in Kraning's eight seasons, but had shown progress, going 26-40 during the past three years.

"We've been through a couple of 1-9 seasons in football, and I can now put more effort in football and maybe we can turn that around," Kraning said. "I will miss coaching basketball."

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