Typically, Malone takes leave in low-key manner

SIDELINES

April 24, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Steve Malone doesn't understand why anyone would care about his retiring as boys soccer coach at North County, but that's Steve Malone.

Malone has given 27 years to soccer as the head coach at Andover for 23 years and the last four at North County. His low-key approach was highlighted by his first-class demeanor, and he produced more than soccer players in his tenure.

Malone couldn't care less about his career record, which included a state 2A co-championship (0-0 tie in double overtime) with Hereford of Baltimore County in 1989. It was Andover's first in boys soccer in what was the Archers' final year before the merger with Brooklyn Park to form North County.

"I don't have any idea what my career record is and whatever I would say would be pure speculation," said Malone from Ocean City Saturday morning where he was attending a state convention as chairman of the state soccer committee.

"What pleases me the most is the number of my former players who have gone on to give something back to the game. Sixteen former players have coached at the high school level and another five in college, and several others have gotten into officiating."

It genuinely thrills Malone to think that several young men he has coached have gone into the ministry and into the teaching profession. Among them is Dan Krimmelbein, Malone's longtime right-hand man.

Krimmelbein started all four years of high school for Malone at Andover and came back to be Malone's assistant coach for 14 years.

"Steve has been a credit to soccer and the coaching/teaching profession as well," said Krimmelbein. "He had a positive influence on me and is well-respected by his peers."

Malone decided to step down and go out with his son, Mike, who graduates this June.

"I had been thinking about it for awhile and thought it was the right time," said Malone, whose Knights were 12-3, including a 5-4 overtime loss to Severna Park in the 4A East Region final his last season. "I would rather it be two, three years too soon than one day too long."

North County principal Bill Wentworth and athletic director Mike Baker soon will be taking applications for the vacant job, but Krimmelbein will not be among them.

"I will not take it," said Krimmelbein, who, along with Malone, supports assistant Cara Hergan. Hergan is interested in the job and if she lands it she would become the first female head coach of a boys varsity team in county history.

It will be awhile before a successor is named and an even longer time before the soccer community forgets Malone, if ever. Losing a Steve Malone is losing more than a coach.

Baseball showdown

The county's top baseball rivalry resumes tomorrow as No. 2 Old Mill (10-1) visits No. 3 Arundel (9-2) at 3:45 p.m. in Gambrills. It's the first of what could be three meetings between the two Class 4A powers.

It will be Old Mill's turn on May 11 to play host in what will be the next-to-last regular-season game. A 4A East Region final between the two is probable.

At the moment Old Mill and Arundel look like sure things for two of the four playoff spots in the East Region.

Orso to tee it up at Dayton

Severna Park's four-year All-County golfer, David Orso, has received a half-scholarship to the University of Dayton in Ohio. Orso signed a national letter of intent with the Flyers this week.

"It's beautiful out there and a great area for golf," said Orso.

Orso, who is the first to win the Chartwell Junior championship four straight years, has won the Mid-Atlantic, Maryland State and University of Maryland Junior championships over the last few years.

Competing for the high school team, Orso won the District V Championship his junior year and was a contender each year for the state title.

"My greatest accomplishment was being the first freshman in the history of Maryland to be named All-State," said Orso.

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