Sarah Jones Palmer, the first-year girls basketball coach at North Carroll, climbed a few steps in the stands to see her former high school coach Ginger Kincaid.
"As a coach now, I thank you for everything you do," Palmer said to Kincaid.
Palmer played lacrosse for Kincaid at Glenelg before graduating in 1992.
"I don't think the girls know what a coach goes through for her players," said Palmer, who played basketball, soccer and lacrosse at Glenelg. "It's a lot of time and effort. It's definitely a tough job, and I just wanted to thank her for everything she has done."
Kincaid, an outstanding ambassador for women's athletics, was one of three honorees inducted into the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame last night at River Hill. She was joined by Auretha Fleming Baldwin, a 1980 graduated of Oakland Mills, and Kori Kindbom, a 1981 Atholton graduate.
Kincaid began teaching full-time at Glenelg in 1978. She has coached Glenelg's field hockey team since then, and also the girls lacrosse team since 1988.
Her field hockey teams have won eight county titles and five regional titles.
"I've always said [coaching] is the reason I get out of bed in the morning," said Kincaid, a physical education instructor. "I really enjoy teaching, and I take it seriously, but coaching is a bigger challenge."
Kincaid had many supporters in the crowd last night, including her husband, Rick, also a coach at Glenelg, and children Kristi, a 17-year old senior at South Carroll and Mike, a 13-year-old 8th-grader at Sykesville Middle School.
Kincaid said she owes much of her success to her mother, Eleanor Harmon. The 71-year-old Harmon was a three-sport star at Sparrows Point and was named the school's female Athlete of the Year her senior year (1947).
"I'm very proud of her," said Harmon about her Kincaid. "I'm very pleased that she went this direction. She's worked hard at it."
Kincaid earned nine varsity letters at Franklin High and was named the female Athlete of the Year in her senior year (1971). Two of her brothers also were named male Athlete of the Year at Franklin in their senior years.
Kincaid said she was "a bit overwhelmed," by the honor and was "very appreciative of all the support. It's kind of neat to get all this recognition for doing something that you love anyway."
Members of Kincaid's club indoor field hockey team, the Hericanes, also presented her with flowers and gifts.
Fleming Baldwin, a standout basketball and track performer, already is in the Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Fame, the University of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and, last fall, was inducted into the Oakland Mills Hall of Fame.
"This is a special honor. It's good to be recognized in the county," said Fleming, who graduated as Penn's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
Kindbom earned all-county honors in three sports at Atholton, and was a standout basketball and lacrosse player at UMBC.
Kindbom, who lives two blocks from Atholton, said being inducted meant "more than I thought it would. It's very flattering. There are a lot of exceptional athletes in Howard County and I'm very excited to be included in this group."
In the Hall of Fame alumnae game, the red team, led by Amy Mallon (Mount Hebron, 1988) and Tammy McCarthy Marge (Atholton, 1983) downed the green team, 47-33. Laurie Governor (Howard, 1984), Kacy Williams Valentine (Hammond, 1994) and Debbie Paladino (Centennial, 1981) played well for the green team.
River Hill's girls defeated Howard, 64-48, in the varsity game.
Pub Date: 2/07/99