Kelly Storr stepping down, but husband will carry on

Howard notebook

April 16, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A Storr will still be coaching Wilde Lake's girls basketball team next season, but it won't be Kelly.

Kelly Storr has decided to resign the position she has held since the 1991-92 season. Her husband, Don, who has served as Kelly's assistant the last eight seasons, will take over.

Kelly and Don have a 2-year old daughter, Kaelyn, and are expecting their second child Sept. 7.

Kelly, whose record of 122-71 included a the 1994-95 Class 1A state championship, said leaving basketball was "probably the hardest decision I ever had to make."

But the Storrs always have told their players that family comes first, and for that reason Kelly decided to step down.

"We've had so many wonderful girls in the program, and one of the reasons is because their parents spend the time with them to make sure they're on track," said Kelly, who will continue teaching eighth-grade science at Harper's Choice Middle School.

"We want to make sure that Kaelyn and the one coming up next will have that same opportunity. I need to spend more time at home."

Don also realizes his family obligations, and said the upcoming season will be "a trial year" for us.

"If it's too much and I find myself pulled away from her and the kids, I'll stop," said Don, who is in his fourth season as Wilde Lake's varsity baseball coach and will continue in that position.

With Don taking over, the Storrs' lifestyle still will be hectic.

"It's not going to change as much as I anticipated," Kelly said. "I thought Don was going to step down with me."

Had Kelly asked Don not to coach, he would have done so. But she left it up to him.

"It's nice for him," Kelly said. "Hopefully, he will have a lot of success. It's his turn."

Don did ask Kelly if she wanted to be his assistant.

"I said, `Are you crazy? Then we would be right back where we were before.'"

But Kelly plans to attend some practices and be there for games.

"I'll sit on the other side and hold up signs," she said.

"She will be the invisible assistant," said Don, a math and computer teacher at Wilde Lake. "She'll be my best critic."

Don said that Kaelyn has had "a wonderful experience" being around the girls at Wilde Lake, and hopes that continues for her and her new sibling.

New AD at Centennial

Warren Michael will be the new athletic director at Centennial, replacing Gail Purcell, who will resign at the end of the school year.

"Warren brings with him a wealth of experience in coaching and athletic administration," said Centennial principal Lynda Mitic. "He's really eager and excited about it and is bubbling with ideas."

Michael, a computer science teacher at Centennial, is offensive coordinator for Centennial's boys lacrosse team. He coached Mount Hebron's boys lacrosse team from 1988-96 and had a record of 124-30, including 74-7 in the county. His teams won seven county and regional titles and were state finalists five times. The Vikings won two Class 3A-4A state championships.

He also has coached girls varsity soccer at Mount Hebron, Atholton and Centennial and indoor track and JV football at Mount Hebron.

His administrative background comes mainly from his position as the director of the Howard County Hero's Summer Lacrosse League, which he has held for nine years. He does everything from managing the budget to organizing the teams to ordering uniforms.

He applied for the athletic director's position because, he said, "I want to help the school and work with the kids in another capacity.

"I've worked with some great ADs -- Mark Cates, Don Van Deusen, Ed Holshue and Gail Purcell -- and I've learned from them. I want to pass that on and provide the same support."

Michael, who will turn 37 next month, graduated from Glenelg in 1980. At Glenelg, he played for two current ADs -- Long Reach's Chuck Struhar in JV football and Glenelg's Mike Williams in varsity lacrosse.

"The things they taught me as a player I still remember," said Williams, who taught 10 years at Mount Hebron, two at Atholton and the last three at Centennial.

Michael said Centennial has "an excellent coaching staff across the board" and "a very supportive administration that stresses academics first but realizes that extracurricular activities are an integral part of the learning process."

He added: "My goal is just to continue the excellence at Centennial."

Michael will continue to serve as an assistant boys lacrosse coach.

County standings

Softball: Atholton 7-0, Wilde Lake 7-1, River Hill 6-1, Howard 4-3, Long Reach 3-3, Mount Hebron 3-4, Centennial 2-5, Glenelg 2-5, Hammond 1-7, Oakland Mills 0-6.

Girls lacrosse: Mount Hebron 2-0, Centennial 2-0, Atholton 1-1, Glenelg 1-1, Hammond 1-1, Oakland Mills 1-1, River Hill 1-1, Wilde Lake 1-1, Howard 0-2, Long Reach 0-2.

Tennis: Wilde Lake 7-0, Centennial 6-1, Mount Hebron 5-2, River Hill 5-2, Glenelg 4-3, Atholton 3-4, Hammond 2-5, Long Reach 1-5, Howard 1-6, Oakland Mills 0-6.

Pub Date: 4/16/99

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