New Centennial coaches are old hands

August 28, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

When Centennial's girls teams compete this fall, a couple of new, but familiar, faces will be in charge.

In volleyball, Mike Bossom, an Eagles assistant last season, moves to the head coaching job. Basketball coach Dave Greenberg, who transferred after 22 years at Mount Hebron, takes over the girls soccer program.

Both coaches take over programs that have been among the best in the state in recent years. The girls soccer team won state titles in 1991 and 1992. Last season, the Eagles reached the state semifinals in an 8-3-3 season that had them ranked No. 7 by The Baltimore Sun.

In volleyball last fall, the Eagles won a third straight Class 3A state title to complete a 22-1 season and earn the No. 2 ranking.

Bossom knows he has some big shoes to fill, replacing Bill Shook, who compiled a 174-25 record while leading the Eagles to four state championships in five years as well as seven Howard County titles. Shook left to take over the head coaching job at Mars Hill College, a Division II school in North Carolina.

"What made it a lot easier was that I was an assistant last year," said Bossom, who started practice on Aug. 15. "The girls know me, and I know the system. If I had come in not knowing what they've been through and not having worked with the club team, the girls would know more than I did. That keeps the transition smooth."

A 24-year-old who graduated from Towson State last spring, Bossom also worked with Shook coaching under-14 girls in the Columbia Volleyball Club. He said his coaching philosophy is similar to Shook's. Other than having a little more emphasis on offense, Bossom expects little change.

Bossom, who still is looking for a teaching job in secondary physical education, brought in his beach volleyball teammate Michael Branson to serve as assistant. Branson, from Denton, has worked with club teams as well as the North Caroline High School team.

Before Shook moved on, his long-term goal was to tie Catonsville's record seven state titles. Bossom said he hopes to guide the Eagles to that record.

"I think it's possible to keep doing what we've been doing. Bill worked hard with the 14s on the club teams, and I think that's what keeps our program strong. Seven state championships is a goal that I have set, but we have to work hard," he said.

On the soccer field, Greenberg is no stranger, although he is better known as a basketball coach. Last fall, he assisted Vikings coach Warren Michael, and Greenberg played the game in high school and for a year in college.

While Greenberg is officially the head coach, he said he plans to run the program as a co-coach with new assistant Kevin Flynn, 27.

A Wilde Lake graduate who also played at Johns Hopkins, Flynn teaches at the School of Contemporary Education in Laurel, a private school for emotionally handicapped and learning-disabled children.

Although this is his first high school coaching job, Flynn has served as an assistant for five years with the Columbia Chargers club team that has moved from under-14 to under-19.

"We get along real well," said Greenberg, whose team began practice Monday. "He really knows the game. He's an excellent coach and an excellent teacher. We agree philosophically that we really want to stress the fundamentals and the basic skills."

Greenberg said they complement each other well especially since Flynn played midfield and forward while Greenberg was a goalie.

"I know there's going to be high expectations," said Flynn, "but I think it'll be OK. I'm going to have to take the season one game at a time, because I've never been through a whole season with a high school team.

"We have to concentrate on being prepared. We have to gain experience each game -- I know I do. But I've been very pleased with the effort so far."

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