Veteran St. Mary's coach jeopardized

May 08, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After 19 seasons as St. Mary's boys lacrosse coach, including a 17-0 season in 1996, Jim Moorhead says his job is on the line.

Moorhead is also president of the Annapolis Catholic school and a reported plan to restructure the high school and elementary school could affect his status.

In a news release yesterday, the St. Mary's school board announced a plan to have one director in charge of both schools, leaving Moorhead's position in doubt.

"There is a movement to force me out as president and coach," Moorhead said last night. "There is a tremendous battle going on within the school, and the feeling is that I should not be coaching.

"Other than that, I can't say anything else at this time."

Moorhead led the 1996 Saints to the greatest season in nearly 50 years of lacrosse at St. Mary's, going 17-0 and winning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Two losing seasons at 5-7 and 6-8 have followed.

This year's team, ranked No. 7 by The Sun, lost 11-6 Tuesday to No. 3 St. Paul's in the first round of the A Conference playoffs, leaving Moorhead's career record at 205-82 (.714).

Moorhead, an All-American midfielder on Johns Hopkins' 1974 national champion team, came to St. Mary's in 1979 as an assistant. In his first year as coach in 1980, the Saints went 14-0 and were ranked No. 1 by The Sun for the first of five times in his tenure.

Scores of Moorhead-coached players have earned college scholarships through lacrosse. Many of those former players, fans and parents are expected in Annapolis next week at a public forum to discuss the proposed restructuring of the school and Moorhead's status.

Pub Date: 5/08/98

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