River Hill's Van Deusen steps down

Football coach ends 28-year career in Howard

High Schools

January 19, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The face of football in Howard County continues to change.

River Hill athletic director Don Van Deusen is ending a 28-year football coaching career and handing the reins to his 25-year-old son, Brian.

Van Deusen, 54, who will remain as athletic director and physical education teacher, is the second veteran football coach to resign since the season ended. Hammond coach Joe Russo announced his resignation in November and was replaced by Bill Smith.

Van Deusen opened up River Hill four years ago, and the Hawks embarked immediately upon varsity competition. They've compiled an overall 16-24 record, contending for the county title and a playoff spot last season. They came up a little short at 7-3.

"He's very competitive in a way that you could respect," said veteran Centennial coach Ed Holshue. "He was always extremely well-prepared, and even when they didn't have the best of teams, he got them motivated."

Van Deusen also coached for 21 seasons at Atholton and finishes with a career record of 133-116. His Atholton teams shared two county championships and made the playoffs in 1986.

Van Deusen, who played minor-league baseball in the New York Yankees farm system, also coached baseball and basketball at various times during his career, winning county basketball titles at Howard in 1973 and at Atholton in 1976.

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