Mount Hebron in search of football coach after Crouse resigns

Howard notebook

December 24, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Pat Crouse has resigned after two seasons as varsity football coach at Mount Hebron.

Crouse cited time constraints created after he took a position as baseball coach at Catonsville Community College.

"I had to go straight from football practice here, to fall baseball practice at Catonsville," said Crouse, a 34-year-old math teacher at Mount Hebron. He had been a varsity assistant football coach four years before taking the head job, and he was JV coach for three years.

The Vikings football team went 1-9 last season and was 4-16 overall under Crouse.

Crouse also had spent 10 years coaching baseball at Mount Hebron, a job he relinquished after last season. Matt Forsyth, former Howard High baseball coach, will replace him in that position.

Mount Hebron athletic director Mark Cates said he is not sure who will be the next Vikings football coach. He said he will meet his principal after the holiday break to discuss the school's specific needs, and that he hopes to have a coach hired by February.

One of the problems Mount Hebron faces in filling the position is that the school currently has no teaching positions available, so the person hired may come from outside the building -- a situation not considered ideal.

The Vikings' offensive coordinator last season, Guy Bunyard, who teaches at Howard Community College, has already joined Long Reach as its offensive coordinator next season.

"That's awesome for them," Crouse said. "Guy has coaching experience at El Camino Junior College and at Montgomery-Rockville and played at Stanford."

Mount Hebron has had five football coaches in the last 12 years, but Crouse is optimistic about the future of the program.

"We're on a slow upward climb, not a downward spiral," he said. "We're in good shape numbers-wise, and we have good athletes in our younger classes. This is a nice position for the right person who has time to work with the kids in the weight room and do whatever the program needs.

"The school needs someone who can stay at least five years, and who will make football his number one commitment. Your teaching load has to be light enough to accommodate coaching. You can't be an Advanced Placement Physics teacher."

Crouse gave up teaching AP Calculus to coach football.

"It would be nice to get a completely new face to stir up enthusiasm like Glenelg did," said Crouse, referring to Gladiators coach John Davis. "We have dozens of kids in this building who could help the team but who don't want to play until the program starts winning."

Toback injured for Vikings

Mount Hebron athletic director Mark Cates said promising 6-foot-4 freshman basketball player Eric Toback suffered a serious injury during warm-ups before Monday's game against Long Reach.

"His bones are still growing and his muscles pulled the kneecap out of place and he broke his tibia," said Cates. "He's in surgery today."

Basketball tournaments

Atholton and Glenelg Country School will each play host to their own boys basketball tournament on Jan. 2-3.

In the first round of the Central Maryland Tournament at Atholton, Magruder will play Wilde Lake at 4 p.m. and Atholton will play Bel Air at 8 p.m.

The first-round match-ups at Glenelg Country are Mount Hebron vs. Boys Latin at 5: 30 p.m. and Glenelg Country vs. River Hill at 7: 30 p.m.

Lavis named All-South

Jeff Lavis (Hammond) of Western Maryland College was named to the Division III All-South Region second team by the Football Gazette.

Lavis, a senior defensive tackle, made the All-Centennial pTC Conference first team this season, after earning second-team honors as a sophomore and junior.

Nominate athletes

Coaches only should call 410-332-6200 or 1-800-829-8000 ext. 6200 with boys and girls Player of the Week nominations from 4-6 p.m. on Sundays.

Three athletes (at least one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Tuesday's editions of The Baltimore Sun.

Athletes nominated must be available the next Monday to have their pictures taken.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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