Furnary leaves UMBC bench for Kenwood AD desk

June 16, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Susan A. Furnary, longtime coach of the UMBC women's basketball team, signed last Thursday to replace co-athletic directors Jim Wilmot and Gail Owens at Kenwood High School.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to be in an administrative position, and I love kids," Furnary said. "The program has had a great tradition, we'll just take it a little further. I'm working with a great principal [Fred Cogswell]."

Furnary, who earned her master's degree from Eastern Illinois University, said "It's up in the air whether or not I'll be coaching."

Her 13 years as coach at UMBC included her Retrievers being nationally ranked among Division II schools from 1984-86 and Furnary being chosen Mason Dixon Conference Coach of the Year in 1985.

Furnary, an assistant to Breezy Bishop at state 4A champion Western this year, was an assistant at Towson State from 1976-79. She also was an assistant at the College of Notre Dame for two years, and from 1975-81 taught physical education at Lake Clifton and coached softball and boys soccer.

"[Furnary] was clearly a nice candidate over a lot of good candidates for the job," said Ron Belinko, Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association president and Baltimore County coordinator of athletics.

Holley leaving Gilman

Gilman basketball coach Tim Holley has resigned to accept the position of athletic director and head of physical education at Haverford School in Philadelphia.

Holley, 35, replaces Jack MacMullan, who is leaving after five years to take over as athletic director at McDonogh.

"It was a position that I couldn't turn down," Holley said. "It was very advantageous for me and my family. You get to a certain point in life that you go with your mind and not your heart."

In seven seasons, Holley compiled a 111-91 mark, including a 16-8 record last season. The Greyhounds were Maryland Scholastic Association (now MIAA) B Conference finalists in 1988 and 1990. He coached Gilman to five Independent Schools Tournament championships.

Holley, a 1977 graduate of Gilman, taught English and was also an assistant on the varsity football and baseball teams. A 1981 graduate of Penn, Holley spent four years in the Navy before returning to Gilman in 1985.

He said that he was approached about the position at Haverford by Michael Rouse, a Haverford graduate who's working with Holley at a summer camp at Gilman. Holley applied for the position and was interviewed twice by the school's headmaster, Dr. Joseph Healey.

"The graduation was probably the toughest thing I had to go through," Holley said. "There was a feeling of finality even though there's always a chance that I would return. I've spent 23 of my 35 years at Gilman, and it will be hard to let go."

Hewins readies Woodlawn

Dan Ross Hewins, who has had assistant basketball coaching stints at nationally ranked DeMatha and High Point, is eager to tackle his newly acquired boys coaching position at Woodlawn.

Hewins, a Catonsville resident, already has met with a few of his future players, their parents and members of the booster club.

"I'm a different face, but I'm very enthusiastic about the job and the opportunity to show that there are some different ways to do things," Hewins said.

"I think the kids have been in limbo about not having a coach, and they seemed anxious and excited about knowing who the new coach was."

Hewins' selection last Wednesday to replace Rod Norris, whose teams were 94-22 during his five years, concluded an intense search by principal Alex Murphy and Belinko.

"We had a group that included myself, Ron Belinko, a student, a local business person, athletic director Ralph Graham and an alumnus who went through this program," Murphy said.

"We screened a block of nine candidates initially, four of which were recommended to me. But after interviewing those four, I made a decision to reopen the search and interviewed six more."

Murphy selected Hewins, who was part of a High Point program that went 177-42 during his eight years assisting Ernie Welch, and a DeMatha program that was 106-21 during Hewins' four years assisting Morgan Wootten.

"The key is that there was community, faculty and student involvement in the process," Murphy said. "We worked really hard to accomplish what we did, and we're really pumped."

Hewins said, "I know expectations are high, but I would be disappointed if they weren't. I know that Woodlawn has been traditionally strong in its league, so I expect to be a marked man, and I guess everyone will be gunning for us."

Hewins expects to meet some of the tougher teams from Baltimore City with a schedule that includes the Fuel Fund Classic and the Wes Unseld Classic.

Hewins said he hopes to bring the Warriors' program up to the level of the city's.

"You're not going to win [a state title] unless you beat the Dunbars, Lake Cliftons and Southerns," Hewins said.

"I know Woodlawn has been the best in its [Baltimore County] league, but eventually reality sets in. You never find out how good you are unless you play good teams."

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