Stara selected for national honor


January 04, 1995|By RICK BELZ

Centennial's Bill Stara will be honored as UMBRO/NSCAA National Boys Youth Soccer Coach of the Year at the national convention of soccer coaches next week in Washington.

Stara, who coached the Columbia Darby club team last summer, has coached two national championship club teams and one runner-up.

The Columbia Kick won the under-16 North American championship, the Niotis Cup, in 1982.

The Columbia Jays won the under-19 national title, the McGuire Cup, in 1985.

The Howard Challenge was an under-16 national finalist in 1986.

Stara coached Centennial to its third boys state title in four years this fall and sixth overall. His career record at Centennial is 168-19-10.

New Glenelg baseball coach

Ed Ashwell is the new Glenelg baseball coach, replacing 15-year veteran Terry Coleman.

Ashwell should have a strong returning nucleus to work with, including Howard County Sun first-team All-County players Sean Lookingbill and Mike Goldberg.

The Gladiators won state titles in 1983 and 1993.

Ashwell was an assistant coach to Coleman on the 1983 team, and was the junior varsity coach in 1993.

Ashwell also played baseball at Glenelg and graduated from there in 1976. Glenelg principal Jim McGregor was the baseball coach when Ashwell played.

Ashwell coached baseball at the varsity level at Wilde Lake where he taught for six years. He came to Glenelg four years ago as head football coach. He teaches physical education and woodworking.

"I'm excited about getting back on the field," Ashwell said. "I wish Terry was still doing it because I think he's a very good baseball coach. Since I coached under Terry, I think a lot of our philosophies are the same, so I think this will be a smooth transition.

"I know most of the kids from baseball or football and they know what I expect and how I want things done."

New format in 1996

When two new high schools open in 1996 -- River Hill and Eastern -- the county sports schedule will undergo some significant changes.

Basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and tennis teams will be split into two five-team divisions -- East and West.

Each team will play the others in its division twice, and teams from the other division once. At the end of the season, the division champs will meet in a playoff to decide the county champion.

Eastern field shortage

When Eastern opens in 1996 it will not have enough field space at the high school, so the county will build two softball fields and a soccer field on the lot it owns at the corner of Tamar Drive and Route 175.

That means those teams will have to take a bus or walk about five or six blocks to practice every day.

New school colors

The school colors for the new River Hill High School will be blue and gold, and the teams will have UCLA-style uniforms.

The school colors for Eastern will be finalized this Friday. Purple and silver is the likely combination.

Mascots for the schools will be picked by the students once the schools open. My suggestions: Raptors or Hawks for River Hill; Bulldogs or Jets for Eastern.

The last new high school to open was Centennial in 1977.

Goode marathon

Sometimes coaches are also fine athletes and their athletic achievements get overlooked.

One such coach is Martin Goode, the indoor track coach at Howard High. Goode has a long history of road racing success but he'll always remember 1994 as an especially good year.

On Oct. 16, his birthday, he ran his best marathon at Atlantic City (2 hours, 43.48 minutes). He finished fourth out of 582 runners.

It was his 11th marathon, and his previous best was a 2:45.32 at the Marine Corps in Washington in 1991.

"When you run your best time in a marathon on your birthday it stands out," Goode said.

The best thing about it was that he qualified for the Boston Marathon for the next two years, and 1996 will be the 10th running of that world-famous race.

Goode had arthroscopic surgery in 1986.

"The doctor said I'd never run again," Goode said. "Since then I've run my two fastest marathons."

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