Promotion for Conroy is loss for Hebron

HOWARD NOTEBOOK

May 14, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron is losing a talented young coach; Clarksville Middle School is gaining a personable vice principal.

Scott Conroy, the Vikings' varsity boys soccer and basketball coach for the past four years, resigned those positions yesterday after learning of his new appointment. School administrators are not allowed to coach in Howard County.

Conroy's soccer teams compiled a 41-14-3 overall record and a 27-6-1 league record and won the school's first county soccer championship last fall.

His basketball teams were less successful, going 41-49 overall and 33-35 in league play.

"I'll definitely miss the kids," Conroy said. "And the parents here have been great."

The coaching vacancies will be advertised before being filled.

Jumping 6-8 1/2 for joy

There is happy. And then there is Huguens Jean happy.

The Howard senior took happiness to new heights Wednesday after breaking the county high-jump record, soaring 6 feet, 8 1/2 inches at the Howard County championships at River Hill.

Not bad for someone who had never high-jumped before this season. Two months ago, the 5-foot-10 1/2 Jean barely cleared 5-6.

It's no wonder, then, that upon clinching his victory over last year's county champion, Mount Hebron's Bobby Bergin, Jean leaped for joy, knocking off his glasses before racing across the track, jumping a fence, and hugging his coach, Dave Glenn.

"Mr. Glenn is responsible for this. He taught me form and is the greatest coach in the county," said Jean, a guard in basketball whose chief athletic dream was "to get up like Michael Jordan and dunk the ball."

Jean said: "I focused on basketball and trained every morning on my vertical jump so that I could dunk. I love basketball. But it turned out the true reason for my training was this."

The previous mark of 6-8 1/4 was set in 1985 by Glenelg's David Hinkle.

Bergin, a 6-5 senior, could not help but smile at Jean's display of joy, even though it eclipsed his own personal best effort of 6-7 1/2.

"I'm happy with my [personal record]," said Bergin, who will run track and play basketball at Mary Washington College this fall. "It was exciting. I like the competition and look forward to going against him again in regions and states. He just jumped great today."

Also at the meet, Long Reach's Cynthia Nicholls set personal bests in the high jump (5-4) and 100-meter hurdles (14.9).

And Long Reach's Eddie Collins, a shooting guard in basketball last winter after moving here from Ohio, produced a stunning 800-run performance at 2 minutes, .3 seconds, well below his second-seeded time of 2: 04.5. The senior was sort of a mystery man, because this was the first year he has run track. Top-seed Mike Prada of River Hill said: "I have no idea who he is."

Brown stepping down

Wilde Lake's Dave Brown is ending 22 seasons of coaching football and 24 seasons of coaching track.

Brown, 43, and his wife Beth are expecting their second child in early August, about the same time he is expected to complete his master's degree in administration at Western Maryland College.

The Wilde Lake assistant football and head girls track coach has spent only four of those coaching years at Wilde Lake. Most of his career was at High Point in Prince George's County and in Biglerville, Pa. He was The Sun's Howard County girls track Coach of the Year in 1997.

"He knows his track -- all aspects," said Wilde Lake boys track coach Charles Shoemaker. "He has good organization and good suggestions, and we'll miss him."

Brown received the J. W. Voight Award, given for outstanding contributions by assistant football coaches, on April 9 at the University of Maryland. The award had special meaning for Brown, because Voight was head football coach for 30 years at High Point, Brown's alma mater, and Brown named his first-born son, Wesley, after Voight.

Beth Brown coached track at Centennial for nine years and basketball for two years before her son was born.

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