Frostburg mourns loss of football aide Williams

September 01, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Only 10 days remain until Frostburg State University opens its football season against Alfred University, but the last thing on the minds of the Bobcats these days is football.

The team is reeling from the loss of 26-year-old assistant coach Lawren Williams. Sunday morning, Williams died of injuries he received in a one-car accident Saturday night on Interstate 81 near Scranton, Pa.

According to police reports, Williams was driving a Geo Tracker owned by Warren Pollard -- another Frostburg assistant who was Williams' passenger -- when Williams lost control of the vehicle. It left the roadway, then flipped several times on the median strip. Williams, who was not wearing a seat belt, died Sunday morning. Pollard suffered minor injuries.

Williams, who worked with the defensive line, was in his second year as a graduate assistant coach. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., he was a four-year starter at nose guard at Central Connecticut State under Frostburg coach Jim McGlinchey.

They coached together for a year at Central Connecticut before coming to Frostburg last year. At the time of the accident, Williams and Pollard were headed back to Central Connecticut to visit some friends.

"I've seen Lawren as a player, a student, a teacher and a coach. He was truly one of the finest individuals I've ever known," McGlinchey said. "He had a special knack in giving of his time as a coach. He made a dramatic impact on our players and their lives."

A memorial service was held last night at Frostburg. Williams will be buried on Saturday after a funeral in New York.

UMES goes international

The men's basketball team at UMES will preview its season with an international twist. On Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m., the Fighting Hawks will host the Russian Olympic Select Team in an exhibition game at the Salisbury Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

The stop will be part of the team's three-week tour of the United States, as it prepares for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

"This will be a huge test for our team. They [the Russians] will be in mid-season form and will definitely pose major matchup problems," UMES coach Rob Chavez said. "This is an opportunity we could not pass up, as we attempt to build our young program."

UMES is coming back from a 12-15 season under Chavez, a second-year coach. The Hawks lost starting center Mike Harris and all-MEAC forward Marlin Kimbrew to graduation.

Towson honors alumni

As it enters its 25th season, Towson State University's football team is planning to honor its past players.

At each of the Tigers' three home games this month, the Tigers will recognize their football alumni. Division III players will be honored at next week's home opener against Central Connecticut. The following week against Delaware State, Division II players will be recognized. On Sept. 25 against Charleston Southern, Towson will salute its past Division I-AA players.

Any players who have not been reached by Towson's football office are asked to contact head coach Gordy Combs at (410) 830-3155.

Coaching changes

Tom Schneider, who resigned as Loyola College's men's basketball coach midway through his fourth season, has landed at Southern Methodist University as an assistant to John Shumate.

Deanna Parks has been named the head coach of women's volleyball and softball at Salisbury State University. Parks is a 1988 graduate of Kent State, where she starred in both sports. She set or tied 15 school hitting records during her career, and earned first-team, All-Mid-American Conference softball honors as a senior.

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