Clinic could help coaches


November 15, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's a pilot program, but it's something that could lead to more quality high school coaching in a county already blessed with good personnel.

Arundel High's athletic director and baseball coach Bernie Walter has become a nationally certified coach.

Walter, now among 4,000 certified by the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Education Program, will teach the county's first Coaching Principles Clinic on Tuesday at Arundel High.

At least two coaches each from 10 county schools -- Annapolis, Arundel, Broadneck, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, Meade, North County, Northeast, Old Mill and Southern -- will participate in the one-day clinic.

"Qualifications for coaching right now are pretty much based on safety [CPR, first aid, etc.], but this clinic shows the need to have a broader base for our coaches," said Walter, who volunteered to take the course last summer.

To become nationally certified, a coach has to score 80 percent or above on the test and those scoring 90 or above are qualified to become a coaching principles instructor. Walter qualified as instructor.

"The course hits on everything you need to do as a coach; [it] is a tough course, but provides the opportunity to better certify our coaches at a time we are getting more instructors not in physical education," said Walter.

Developing a coaching philosophy, the psychology of coaching and the way you teach it, sports physiology (exercise routines) and sports management are areas covered in the course.

"The goal is to revitalize coaching by learning new approaches and gaining fresh perspectives on established principles," said Rick Wiles, county coordinator of physical education.

Light headed to Australia

Arundel's Kurt Light (8-1, 1.92 ERA), the lone sophomore on the All-Metro baseball team last spring after leading Arundel to the 4A state title, has been named to the U.S. Area Goodwill dTC Games team that will play in Melbourne, Australia, Dec. 14-24.

Light, who was 12-2 including three wins in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 18 & Under World Series in Fort Wayne, Ind., for national champion Gunther's this summer, is one of eight pitchers selected and the only player from the East on a national team of juniors mostly from California.

The Goodwill Series Inc. began in 1983 with games against Japan, but this is the first winter trip for the U.S. team.

"We invite players from all over the country to a tryout during the summer, but we got a couple leads on Kurt and were impressed with the profile form he sent us," said Bob Williams, a real estate developer in Santa Rosa, Calif., who started the Goodwill Area Code Games.

"Those who do well in Australia will be invited to Long Beach [Calif.] next August and get a chance to compete for a spot on our national team that will host Australia, Japan and Puerto Rico next September, also in Long Beach. We are trying to develop players to compete against Japan because they are the best in the world at this level."

Light said he is "really excited about it" and has "been throwing the last couple weeks to get ready."

Softball signings

All-County and All-Metro players, pitcher Christy Huber of Severna Park and infielder Crystal Henderson of Archbishop Spalding have committed to Division I universities.

Huber, 14-4 with an ERA of 0.73 last spring, signed with the University of Georgia while Henderson, a .627-hitting shortstop, signed with North Carolina.

In three varsity seasons, Huber has gone 33-13 for the Falcons and is expected to start right away for the Bulldogs.

Henderson led the top-ranked Baltimore Catholic League champion Cavaliers in hitting three straight years and had 21 RBIs and only one error as a junior.

All-State kudos

Amy Noble of 4A state champion Severna Park and Archbishop Spalding's Stephanie Paxson were named first-team all-state by the Maryland Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Severna Park's Melissa Reynolds and Severn's Beth Freedlander made second team.

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