Spalding appoints Whittles grid coach

Becomes seventh coach in school's history

Ohio State gets Brown

May 29, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Mike Whittles, longtime Severna Park Green Hornets youth coach, has been named Archbishop Spalding's new football coach.

Whittles succeeds John Moscato, who was not retained after two seasons and an overall record of 11-9, including 8-6 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference.

Moscato, a youth coach in Baltimore County before taking Spalding's post in 1997, and the school had "philosophical differences," said athletic director Lee Dove, who announced Whittles' hiring.

"We had a lot of outstanding applicants, and we're really excited about Mike because of his involvement in the community in youth football," said Dove. "He has so many ties to the youth leagues and seems to know everybody, which can only be good for our program. We liken Mike to Ralph Burley and believe in him."

Burley is assistant boys basketball coach to Tony Martin. His involvement with Anne Arundel County rec teams and coaches has resulted in an influx of student-athletes to the Catholic school in Severn.

Whittles becomes the Cavaliers' seventh football coach since the program began in 1984 under Doc Bartlinski, first of three coaches to stay for three seasons.

"I got the feeling when I applied that they wanted to hire someone who knew the county and who would be there for awhile," said Whittles, who will announce his assistants later. "I'm thrilled, to say the least."

Whittles, who played at Wheaton's Good Counsel, has coached the Green Hornets for 14 seasons, mostly in the 110- to 120-pound weight classes. He has taken his teams to Anne Arundel County championship games in five of the last seven years, winning twice.

Spalding started last season at 4-0 in the MIAA B Conference but finished 4-3 in the conference. In 1997 under Moscato, the Cavaliers went 6-4 to match the school record set by the 1987 team under Gary Lyle. Those were the only two winning seasons the Cavs have had in football.

Hurdler picks Buckeyes

Joel Brown, Woodlawn's standout hurdler, has signed a letter of intent to attend Ohio State in the fall and major in sports medicine.

Brown was named the All-City/Baltimore County top boys performer for the indoor track season in March. He won the Class 3A-4A state title for the indoor 55-meter hurdles.

"We are looking forward to Joel becoming an Ohio State Buckeye, and we feel that he will be a tremendous asset to the program," said Ohio State track and field coach Russ Rogers.

Curley's Brown resigns

Archbishop Curley lacrosse coach Barry Brownlee has announced his resignation. He was Curley's coach for 10 years after 11 years of coaching at Northern.

A search committee is seeking a new coach. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by June 18 to: Leo Ryan, Search Committee chairman, Archbishop Curley High School, 3701 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21213.

Pub Date: 5/29/99

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