Mc Murray goes to Chesapeake as head lacrosse coach


October 30, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Chip Robertson was head boys lacrosse coach at Old Mill last year, not an assistant. He and Jeff Kendall (Glen Burnie) are the only prime candidates for the vacant Severna Park job with varsity experience.

After 20 years in the county school system, Brien Mc Murray finally has landed a head lacrosse coaching position.

In a surprise move, Mc Murray, a prime candidate for the vacant Severna Park boys lacrosse position, accepted the Chesapeake Cougars job this week. Bob Conner resigned after five seasons, including last year's 6-6 campaign.

"I interviewed at Chesapeake on a Thursday and Severna Park on Friday [two weeks ago] and was initially leaning toward Severna Park because I coached their JV and had been an assistant for the last five years. Plus, I live in that community," said Mc Murray.


"But in talking it over [with Broadneck coach] Clay White, who is a good friend, we both agree there is a ton of talent at Chesapeake. Also, I teach at Chesapeake Middle School, been there since 1979, and it's easier to get over there than driving 20 minutes to Severna Park."

Logistically, Chesapeake made more sense for the Long Island native and University of Maryland grad who has been a career assistant with one prior head coaching position. He was head football coach at Brooklyn Park from 1974 to '79.

Mc Murray began his physical education teaching and coaching career at Snow Hill on the Eastern Shore, where he was on the football staff in 1973-74 before moving to Brooklyn Park. He was a football assistant at Chesapeake 1979-82 and took 1983 off.

In 1984 he landed at Broadneck as an assistant football coach and assistant lacrosse coach under White. Mc Murray stayed five years at Broadneck before taking an assistant football position at Arundel under Buddy Hepfer in 1989-90.

The past four years Mc Murray served as an assistant to Ulrich at Severna Park and has been the Falcons' chief scout in football.

With Mc Murray out of the picture, a trio with limited coaching experience has moved to the front line at Severna Park. Jeff Kendall and Greg Manley, former members of the Falcons' state championship teams of the late '70s under coach Mike Heck, and Chip Robertson, an assistant at Old Mill for a year, are the front-runners.

Kendall, who was at Glen Burnie for one season, is the only one of the three with head coaching experience.

Questions without answers

While the spotlight is on his football talents, did you know that Severna Park's Mark Frye ranks as one of the top two recruited lacrosse midfielders in the East? The other is Scott Diggs of Loyola.

* Can you believe the school board's Pupil Services Department did not talk to Arundel basketball coach Gerald Moore when conducting its investigation of All-County basketball player Marquise Farmer transferring from Glen Burnie to Arundel by going to live with Moore?

"They never talked to me about it," said Moore. "My principal [Midgie Sledge] and Bernie [Walter, Arundel athletic director] did."

Wouldn't you think that Moore would be a key person for the board to question because Farmer is allowed to transfer for being age 18 and self-sufficient, meaning he must pay Moore rent?

* Aren't Severna Park and Chesapeake thrilled over the county boys soccer championship, thanks to the new open lottery tournament? The game ended in a 3-3 tie, making them co-champs despite Severna Park taking the regular-season meeting. In the past that would have made the Falcons undisputed champs.

And Chesapeake may have lost a key player for the playoffs to an injury. But look at it this way: We had a big media event with the lottery, which was more exciting than most soccer ties.

* Finally, you won't believe this one. Walter, known for mailing out nominations for this and that National team, hit the jackpot this time. Arundel's John Vickers has been named Groundskeeper of the Year by the National Association of High School Baseball Coaches.

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