Coaching keeps Ivins together

September 18, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

When asked about the reasons for the turnaround of the Catonsville Community College men's soccer team, Cardinals second-year coach Bryon Ivins responds with one word:


And he didn't just convince several top high school players to attend Catonsville. He also recruited his son Scott to be one of his assistant coaches.

L The Ivins brought immediate success to a struggling program.

They took a 5-13 team in 1992 and led it to a 15-3-1 record last year.

And with just three returning players this season, the Cardinals are 3-0 and have outscored their opposition, 9-0.

The opportunity to work together has been a positive experience for both of them.

"He has a good knowledge of the game," Bryon said of his son. "He's a good soccer player, too."

Like father, like son.

Bryon played professionally in the 1960s and '70s with teams such as the Baltimore Bays, Baltimore Stars and Baltimore Kickers.

His coaching credits include stints at Cardinal Gibbons and Patterson High School, which he led to the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship. Bryon also coached several club teams, including the Post 38 team that won the 19-under national championship in 1991.

Scott, 22, played for his father on club teams and at Cardinal Gibbons.

"I'm still learning from him," Scott said. "He asked me if I wanted to [coach] and I said yes. How many people my age get to coach a college team?"

The freshmen

With a starting lineup consisting entirely of freshmen and a new head coach, no one knew what to expect from the Essex Community College men's soccer team this season.

Under coach Tom Wall, the Knights opened with two victories, outscoring Dundalk Community College and Hagerstown Junior College by a combined score of 16-1.

It was back to reality, however, when the Knights (2-1) suffered a 5-1 loss to Montgomery-Rockville on Wednesday.

"I wasn't disappointed with the loss because I think we learned something from the Rockville game," Wall said. "We think our bTC kids realized that this is a different league than high school."

It won't get any easier for Essex. The Knights will play host to perennial powerhouse Mercer Community College (Trenton, N.J.) on Saturday after a nine-day layoff.

"I don't think going nine days without a game will hurt us," Wall said. "I think it will help us because the loss to Rockville will still be in their minds."

Essex will have an opportunity to avenge the loss when it plays at Rockville on Sept. 27.

Around the horn

Several members of the Dundalk CC baseball team -- which went 27-13 and was the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX runners-up for the second straight season -- have signed with four-year institutions.

Among the transfers are: pitcher Tex Beagle and third baseman Roger Main (South Carolina Aiken); outfielder Ken Konopacki (Western Kentucky); designated hitter Mike Rohrbach (Pittsburgh); and catchers Greg Smith and Felix Rivas and infielder Jason Benyo (Rio Grande).

Honor roll

Former Dundalk CC pitcher Jeremy Benson (Lansdowne) was a 27th-round pick of the New York Yankees in June.

After leaving Dundalk, Benson attended the University of Delaware, where he went 11-1 with a 1.80 ERA and six complete games.

Benson, a left-hander, went 0-1 with a 1.97 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 32 innings for Class A Oneonta this season.

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