Chuck Struhar and Don Van Deusen have made careers at one school. Struhar has been at Glenelg since 1975; Van Deusen is in his 22nd year at Atholton.
Next fall, however, each will be at a new school. Brand new.
Struhar and Van Deusen will be the athletic directors at Long Reach and River Hill, respectively, when Howard County's new high schools open this fall.
Long Reach principal Dave Bruzga and River Hill principal Scott Pfeifer made the recommendations that were announced Wednesday.
Struhar has worn many hats at Glenelg, including heading the English department for 10 years and being athletic director for four years. He has coached junior varsity football, junior varsity baseball, varsity girls basketball and junior varsity and varsity softball.
"When the opportunity came along to work with Dave Bruzga and to be an athletic director at a new school, I jumped at it," said Struhar, who ended his athletic director duties at Glenelg five years ago. "I'm extremely excited. If you know Dave, his enthusiasm rubs off. I'm bubbly."
Struhar, who taught with Bruzga in the '70s at Glenelg, said he enjoyed being an athletic director and felt qualified for the job because of his organizational skills and the various coaching positions he has held.
"I've coached boys sports, girls sports, varsity and junior varsity sports. They're all important," said Struhar, who is starting his seventh season as Glenelg's softball coach. Struhar said he plans to coach the softball team at Long Reach.
Said Bruzga about his new athletic director, "I've known Chuck for over 20 years. He's proven to be a master teacher, excellent coach and outstanding leader. I have every confidence that he will develop a comprehensive, competitive and well-respected athletic program."
Van Deusen has coached football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and girls indoor track. He has been Atholton's athletic director the past six years, and this season coached girls basketball.
"It's exciting to start at a new school with new equipment and an abundance of practice and playing fields," said Van Deusen, who hasn't ruled out coaching at River Hill.
Pfeifer was principal at Atholton when he named Van Deusen athletic director six years ago. Pfeifer said he is pleased he will be working with Van Deusen a second time.
"He's highly regarded among his peers, which says a lot," said Pfeifer. "He's so thorough and visionary at the same time. And there isn't anybody that works harder."
Atholton principal Roger Plunkett said "we have a number of good applicants we are considering" to replace Van Deusen. "I will be interviewing in the next two weeks, then make a decision. Don's been a great asset to us. He will be missed here at Atholton."
"I've enjoyed it," Van Deusen said of his time at Atholton. "The principals I have worked for here have been excellent. I'll miss a lot of people here. It's kind of difficult to leave, but it's exciting to start something new."
On the ice
Nine Howard County players participated in Tuesday's Maryland Scholastic All-Star Game at the Baltimore Arena.
Representing the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League Central Conference were: Sven Dixon, G, Howard; Erek Dixon, F, Howard; Connor Hills, D, Howard; Jory Rand, F, Howard; Randy Gaigler, D, Mount Hebron; Andy Lazzaro, D, Glenelg; Kwante Carter, F, Glenelg; Kevin Grier, F, Atholton; Mark Dixon, F, Hammond.
In the game, the West beat the East in a shootout after finishing regulation at 6-6. Goalie Dixon, starting for the West, allowed one goal. Carter scored a goal and Lazzaro had an assist for the West. Dixon had a goal and Rand an assist for the East.
Five other players from Howard County were honorable mention all-stars: Chris Froehlich, G, Hammond; Matt Rawley, D, Oakland Mills; Aaron Richardson, D, Atholton; Dan Havery, F, Centennial; Tim Plourde, D, Centennial.
In other hockey news, Howard High recently won the Central Conference Tournament title and advanced to the semifinals of the MSHL tournament, where it lost to DeMatha, 10-0.
The Howard County high school select team finished fourth in the CanAm Challenge Cup held a couple weeks ago in Montreal. Carter was second in the shootout skills competition.
Pub Date: 3/08/96