It's high time to salute high school ADs


January 16, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

It's Sunday sports smorgasbrowse day, and let's start with a note on the county's unsung heroes, the high school athletic directors.

The most thankless job in county high school sports is that of athletic director, especially in the public schools. Public school ADs get part-time hours and pay to perform a full-time job.

Their individual sacrifice of taking the job home with them or staying untold hours after school is what keeps the county's athletic program running so smoothly.

Severn School athletic director Fred Hewitt III suggests must reading for county ADs to help them through their daily ordeal is Stephen Covey's book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." Hewitt said it has had a "recent impact upon [my] personal and professional outlook."

Hewitt highly recommends reading the book and attending professional workshops to stay sharp and to experience in his words, "a renewal of what we know to be true."

"Teaching and coaching is a profession that makes every other profession possible," Hewitt wrote in an essay. "That's where the doctors, lawyers, architects and athletic directors come from. We have known this in our hearts for years, but we need renewal. We need reminders."

The majority of the county's teacher/coaches and teacher/athletic administrators have a positive impact on the kids. They don't get the headlines, but they keep on building character and turning out many outstanding young people.

Old Mill athletes excel

Doesn't Old Mill High have a right to be proud of its fall student-athletes, some 139 of them receiving Minds in Motion certificates from the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association?

Student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.25 grade-point average during their sports season to qualify. Some 33 girls soccer players (JV and varsity) and 32 cross country runners received certificates.

Navy ices upset win

How about Navy's 16th-ranked club ice hockey team knocking off No. 11 Northern Arizona, 7-2, Thursday at Dahlgren Hall in Annapolis? Coach Jim Barry's Mids ran their record to 9-1 with the victory and are in Massachusetts this weekend for a couple of games.

Success in Finland

Remember former Brooklyn Park player and coach Scott Cofiell? He has spent the past few years in Europe coaching pro football, most recently in Finland. He's now coaching high school basketball in Suomi, Finland, and his team made the finals.

New fields in Annapolis

A very active Annapolis High boosters club has come up with the money to build a much-needed baseball diamond for the Panthers, and now there's more good news for Cap City baseball types.

"We just got word from Coca-Cola that they are going to fund the building of new fields for us in the Annapolis area," said Ed Stubbs, the commissioner of the Annapolis Baseball Club. "We qualified for Coca-Cola's Homers for America program."

Stubbs has worked hard the past couple years for the youth program, which offers baseball for ages 5-18 and girls softball for ages 11-16. The new fields project is his reward.

Could new fields in Annapolis give St. Mary's High a home for and reason to start a baseball program?

Success predicted for Forney?

Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert predicts big things for Annapolis High and Anne Arundel Community College graduate Rick Forney, who has spent the past couple summers pitching in the Orioles' system.

"Rick tops off at 87 mph with his fastball, but the thing he does best is keeping the hitters off balance and remembering how to pitch to them," said Gilbert of the 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander who is on the Orioles' 40-man roster.

"It's amazing that he remembers how to pitch to certain players after only throwing to them once."

Youths lose great friend

Finally, didn't Anne Arundel County youth sports lose a great friend and supporter when John Reina Sr., 81, a former coach and one of the founders of the Riviera Beach Little League and the Buccaneers organization, died last week? Reina's legacy lives on on the Riviera Beach/Pasadena youth fields.

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