Ex-football coach Sprague hired by Div. III Blackburn

December 23, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

After a one-year absence from football, former Green Terrors coach Dale Sprague was named head coach at Blackburn College this week.

Blackburn, a Division III school in Carlinville, Ill., that competes in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, has had a football program for five years and finished 4-4-1 under Don Flowers in 1993.

Sprague coached for seven years at Western Maryland before resigning after the 1992 season.

He was 20-48-2 and helped rejuvenate a program that had lost 25 straight games at one point.

In other football news, five Green Terrors were ranked in this season's final NCAA Division III statistics.

Senior running back Rob Johnson (North Carroll) finished 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards, which include rushing, receiving and runbacks. He had 176.56 a game.

Quarterback Brian Van Deusen (Atholton) finished 11th in total offense with an average of 245.4 yards. The sophomore passed for 2,315 yards, one of six school single-season records he set during his first season as a starter.

Junior wide receiver Alan Pietkiewicz finished 24th in receptions per game at 6.6, and 25th in receiving yards per game at 84.2.

Pietkiewicz had a school-record 59 catches for 758 yards, seven for touchdowns.

Junior wide receiver Carmen Felus, a transfer from Lock Haven (Pa.) University, was 44th in receptions per game with 5.4.

He had 49 receptions for 411 yards and three touchdowns.

As a team, the Green Terrors were seventh in the country in passing, accumulating 274.7 yards per game.

Senior Paul McCord had the 17th-best punting average in Division III (38.2 on 56 kicks) and was a Centennial Conference first-team all-star.

Women's tennis

Christian Conklin, a four-year letter winner on the men's tennis team, is the new head coach of the women's team.

Conklin, 23, a native of Waldwick, N.J., graduated from Western Maryland in 1992 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and resides in Westminster.

He served as a volunteer assistant for the women's basketball team for the 1991-92 season and worked in the sports information office for three years.

"Of course, we are happy to have Christian with us again in this new role," Fritz said in a release.

"His enthusiasm for Western Maryland and for the game of tennis will be great assets for our women's program."

In addition to his coaching duties, Conklin is employed by the YMCA of Greater Baltimore, Carroll County Branch.

Conklin inherits a team that finished 6-5, the first winning season in 10 years.

1% Ten letter winners expected back.

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