Brown bringing experience to Annapolis JV basketball job


November 10, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Bruce Brown, a man with a solid background in fundamentals and defense, is returning to high school coaching. Brown, the longtime JV basketball coach under the late Dick Hart at Andover, is the new junior varsity basketball coach at Annapolis High.

Brown succeeds Ken Gonz, who is an administrative intern at Old Mill High School.

"Bruce is head-coaching material, and we are fortunate to get someone like him to coach our JV," said Annapolis varsity boys coach John Brady.

"Anyone who worked under Dick [Hart] got an education. And Bruce is an excellent teacher."

Brady himself was an assistant to Hart before taking the Annapolis job 16 years ago.

Brown, a graduate of Andover High and Towson State, is an elementary school physical education teacher. At Andover, he played basketball for Hart and football for Jim Dillon, who is now Old Mill's athletic director.

Four years ago, Brown applied for the North County job after Hart died, but the Knights' position went to longtime Meade assistant Brad Wilson. Wilson has gone 6-60 in three seasons.

Saylor returns

Denny Saylor also will be back coaching in the county. Saylor, who teaches at MacArthur Middle, is the new assistant to Meade varsity boys basketball coach Butch Young. Saylor has been head coach at Severna Park, Chesapeake and Pallotti in Laurel.

His last coaching season was 1991 at Pallotti. He succeeds Jimmy Meade, who was an assistant to Young for 12 of the 16 years Young has been head coach there.

It is interesting that with Young approaching 30 years and 400 wins (only Tom Albright of Southern has reached that plateau at 413-230 in 28 years), most thought that Meade was the heir apparent for the Mustangs' job.

Meade is leaving to spend more time with his family.

Questions, questions

Can you believe that basketball and all other winter sports teams debut Monday?

So, let's get to a batch of questions without answers, as we head into the lull between seasons. Remember, your response is always welcome on my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* Is Broadneck boys basketball coach Ken Kazmarek really planning a Midnight Madness scrimmage for Sunday evening?

* What do you think of Old Mill athletic director Jim Dillon's idea of the county constructing a field house that could be used for indoor track and field and other events?

* Isn't it great how the Annapolis business and civic leaders have contributed to the Annapolis High baseball renovation project?

"Because of the community involvement, the $100,000 project will only cost the Boosters club about $12,000," said Annapolis Boosters president John Rentch.

* Where was the Severna Park High marching band Saturday night with the Falcons' football team playing its biggest game of the season, winning, 6-0, over archrival Annapolis in the 35th meeting between the two schools?

Well, let me answer that one. When the game was postponed from Friday to Saturday, it eliminated the band from performing.

The band already had committed to a competition in Delaware on Saturday.

* If you attended the Annapolis/Severna Park football game Saturday or watched it on TCI Cable of Annapolis, were you left wondering whether Mark Frye got into the end zone for the game's only score late in the third period?

After looking at the game films, Annapolis coach Roy Brown confirmed that Frye did score. So, why the delay from the officials to signal a touchdown?

"I think they got confused with the soccer line that is also on the football field and they spotted the ball for us in the end zone before they realized which line was the right one," said Severna Park coach Andy Borland, whose team finished 7-3 overall.

"They didn't want to make a mistake in such a big game and that caused the delay. That soccer line might have cost us the Meade game."

Borland was referring to the Falcons' 35-28 overtime loss to Meade that helped cost the Falcons a playoff berth. In that game, an official ruled that Matt Long's knee had "hit the ground short of the goal line," as Long appeared to dive in for a touchdown that would have given the Falcons a chance to force another overtime.

Those extra lines do confuse players, coaches and referees.

* How about congratulations to the Chesapeake girls soccer JV that tied Severna Park for the county title at 11-0-1?

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