One of the area's most successful high school coaches has agreed to become the assistant coach for the Maryland Mania A-League professional soccer team.
Bill Stara, 40, who coached River Hill High School to the state Class 2A championship last fall, and previously coached seven state champions at Centennial, will remain as coach at River Hill.
"This is something I've always wanted to do, and will be a big commitment during the spring and summer months," said Stara, who earlier this year became part of the U.S. Soccer Federation national staff, teaching courses for coaches.
In joining Mania head coach Darryl Gee, who was a standout player at Oakland Mills before turning pro, Stara helps gives the coaching staff a decided Howard County flavor.
Although arrangements are not final, the team hopes to play its home games at Cedar Lane Park in Howard County.
"My job will be to help put the team together and help coach, and Darryl and I already have had quite a few discussions about it," Stara said. "We'll be holding tryouts at the end of summer."
Stara also coaches an under-16 club team, Columbia United, which began play in February and has reached the final of the state cup, which will be played later this month.
In 1996, the National Federation of State High School Associations named him National Boys Coach of the Year. Stara was The Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1996. He has coached more state champions (eight) than any other active coach.
Pub Date: 5/06/98