There's no shortage of interest in Westminster job


January 19, 1994|By BILL FREE

A dream-like coaching position, a diamond-in-the-rough with excellent football facilities, a perfect cross section of youngsters and one of the fastest growing schools in the state.

All those superlatives have been used by football coaches around the state to describe Westminster High and its vacant football coaching position.

Over the next three months, some of the top names in area high school coaching will be competing for the right to replace Jeff Oeming as the head coach of the Owls.

Wilde Lake's Doug DuVall (174-41 and four state 1A titles in 21 years at the Columbia school) is one of the high-profile coaches who has expressed a lot of interest in the position.

DuVall said yesterday he has looked over the Westminster roster of players and broken down some Owls game film. But he says he has not submitted a formal application for the job.

"I'm not sure if I want to put my hat in the ring," said DuVall. "The problem for me is if I transfer from one county [Howard] to another, I'll lose over 100 days of sick leave."

However, DuVall called the state class 4A Westminster position "a golden opportunity."

"Interstate 795 has really opened up Westminster to a growing population and there's an excellent cross section of youngsters there. Theyhave to make a commitment to winning. Let's face facts, they would be bringing me in to win games more than to be a good teacher. I know I'm a good teacher in the classroom but my main job would be to teach kids how to play football."

With a DuVall running the football show, there certainly would be a lot of excitement among the players, students and parents.

He won big at 1A and the hope would be he could duplicate it at 4A.

Unlike DuVall, Kenwood football coach Fred Myers let it be known yesterday that he covets the Westminster job.

Myers said: "If I could go there and coach, I'd be a happy man. I've applied for the position and sent in a resume."

Myers, who has been at Kenwood seven years and compiled a 15-5record the past two seasons, fell in love with the school last September when he went to scout a Westminster-Woodlawn game.

"I liked the facilities, I was impressed with the principal [Sherri-Le Bream] and a lot of other things about the school," said Myers.

Randallstown coach John Buchheister, who lives in Hampstead and was turned down for the Westminster job in 1988 when Oeming was selected, said he would seek the position again if the school asked him to.

"They know where I live," said Buchheister, who coached Milford Mill to a state title before going to Randallstown. "My wife's family lives in Westminster and I know all the people. If they called me and said they would like me to apply, I would do it. I played football at Westminster and graduated from the school."

Buchheister said he was one of six interviewed in 1988 and the school asked him to take a split teaching job at Mt. Airy Middle School and West Middle School in Westminster until he could get a teaching position at Westminster High.

"I told them I need a teaching job at Westminster High and, if you can't give me that, don't ask me to coach the football team," said the Randallstown coach. "They turned down my request."

This time Buchheister is waiting for the phone to ring before doinganything.

School officials apparently want to have the new coach chosen by April.

Westminster athletic director Steve Thomson said the position is being advertised throughout the state, applications must be returned to the school by March 1 and interviews will begin by March 15.

Off to a good start

Michele Jeffery, who played a major role in North Carroll's two straight Carroll County championships the past two seasons, is off to a good start as a freshman basketball player at Division II Mansfield (Pa.) University.

Jeffery has played in all 13 games for Mansfield, averaged 15 minutes a game, 6.3 points and 6.5 rebounds a game and is shooting 42 percent from the field.

Jeffery, a forward, also has 11 steals and two blocks and is part of the top freshman class for coach Karen Bogues in the past six years.

"Michele might be starting before the season is over," said Bogues, who brought in six top freshmen this season. "She is very aggressive and a great shooter. We expect her to be one of our bright spots in the future for our program as we hope to turn everything around."

Mansfield is 2-11 this season.

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