Spinnenweber to coach Chesapeake-AA basketball

June 12, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Chesapeake High School in Anne Arundel County has hired ex-Navy assistant and longtime Broadneck High assistant John Spinnenweber as its new boys basketball coach.

Spinnenweber, 33, replaces Tom Kraning, who stepped down after eight seasons to concentrate on coaching the Cougars' football team.

Chesapeake was 8-14 this past season and has not had a winning season since opening its doors in 1976 with John Foreman as coach.

Spinnenweber is the Cougars' fifth head coach. Denny Saylor and Ron Ferger followed Foreman, and Kraning succeeded Ferger.

"I'm confident that we can eventually have a winning program at Chesapeake," said Spinnenweber, who has been supervising the Annapolis swimming center for the county Recreation and Parks Department since it opened on Riva Road in November 1988.

"It's going to be a challenge for me and the players. I was fortunate enough to become a head coach at age 22 and have missed being head man, so I'm thrilled to get the chance again."

Just out of the University of Baltimore in 1982 where he played basketball, Spinnenweber became head coach at Archbishop Spalding in 1983-84, leading the Cavaliers to a 16-8 record.

After going 16-10 his second season at Spalding, Spinnenweber joined the staff of Paul Evans, now the University of Pittsburgh coach, at Navy as an assistant in 1986-87. One year later, he moved to Broadneck under Ken Kazmarek.

"Kenny and I are good friends and he was behind me 100 percent to take the head coaching position at Chesapeake," said Spinnenweber. "I can't say enough about my experience there at Broadneck."

That experience in a high-profile program such as the Bruins' appealed to Chesapeake athletic director Al Grau and principal Harry Calendar.

"John comes to us from a very successful program, is a class act and gentleman and knows the game," said Grau. "We think he can take our program to a different level."

Spinnenweber was an assistant at Chesapeake for a year before taking the Spalding job and has strong family ties to the Lake Shore area school. His father was a booster club president in the early years of the school, and two brothers, Carl and Bobby, both wrestlers, graduated from the school.

"I graduated from Northeast and later played at Anne Arundel Community College and the University of Baltimore," said Spinnenweber.

"I live in the community and know that it is an athletic area. I think I have some qualities to accomplish some positive things."

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