For JHU's Brooks, it's fund, games

August 26, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

For two sensational seasons in the mid-1980s, Craig Brooks made a name for himself by collecting hits for the Johns Hopkins baseball team. Now, Brooks is back at Hopkins collecting money -- big money.

Brooks was hired last spring as the school's athletic fund-raising coordinator, and this fall, Hopkins will launch a $13 million renovation of its athletic facilities.

Included in the plans are a new field house-student center, permanent stands and an entrance plaza on the University Parkway side of Homewood Field and a locker room expansion that will give every varsity team year-round use of its own room. The locker room enlargement, which will begin in November, is the first phase of a project that will take five years.

"Basically, the place was built for men in the '60s," Brooks said. "Women still don't have their own locker rooms. We want to give it a '90s look."

Brooks already has raised $2.4 million, and his fund-raising team has only begun to reach the Hopkins athletic alumni, which number about 4,600.

Brooks graduated from Hopkins in 1986 after hitting .396, driving in 48 runs and earning third team All-America honors while leading the Blue Jays to a 33-5 record. As a junior in 1985, the third baseman hit .442 with 40 RBI, as Hopkins went 31-12.

The strong get stronger

Towson State University's formidable gymnastics program just got a little stronger.

Sari Lehmuskallio, one of the top gymnasts in Finland for the past five years, will attend Towson State this fall and compete for the Tigers' nationally ranked team.

A member of the Finnish National Team for eight years, Lehmuskallio, 18, was honored as Finland's top gymnast in 1989, 1990 and 1992. She has won several Nordic championships and has been Finland's top all-around champion since 1988.

"Sari brings a great deal of international experience with her. We hope she can benefit from being part of Towson State and our gymnastics program and we hope we can benefit from her experience," said Towson coach Dick Filbert, who has led the Tigers to four NCAA Top 20 finishes in the past seven years.

The Tigers won their seventh consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference title last year and finished the season ranked No. 19 in Division I.

UMBC plays tough

The UMBC men's basketball team doesn't believe in ducking quality competition.

Before the Retrievers tackle their Big South schedule, they will face several demanding tests. On Dec. 10, they will play California in the opening round of the Otis Spunkmeyer Tournament in Berkeley, Calif. The Bears, led by point guard Jason Kidd, knocked off Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March and wound up the season ranked 17th. The Retrievers also will play Princeton or Tulane in the tournament.

On Dec. 30, UMBC will play host to Xavier, which ended the season ranked 26th. The Retrievers also play at Cole Field House against Maryland on Dec. 2.

"This is certainly the most challenging schedule we've had in my six years at UMBC," coach Earl Hawkins said.

Howard County pipeline

Since the late 1980s, Howard County has emerged as a cradle of high school volleyball talent, and that fact has not been lost on Towson State. One-third of the Tigers' roster -- seniors Amy Snyder (Centennial) and Dawn DeGrange (Glenelg) and freshmen Laura Taneyhill (Centennial) and Kelly Smith (Atholton) hails from Howard County.

Taneyhill and Smith were first-team All-Howard County players last year. Last year, Taneyhill, a first-team All-Metro selection, helped Centennial win its third state title in the last four years.

Coaching changes

Janine Tucker, who starred in field hockey and lacrosse before graduating from Loyola College in 1989, then coached lacrosse there for four years as an assistant, has been hired as coach of the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams at Johns Hopkins.

Terry Maczko has been named coach of the men's basketball team at Essex Community College. Maczko replaces Jerry Phipps, whom he assisted for three years. Maczko previously coached the junior varsity at Edgewood High School, and he started the men's basketball program on a club basis at Goucher College several years ago.

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