Blast's Stitz returning to Curley as head coach

Former player, assistant to take over for Perrella

February 09, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Curley graduate Barry Stitz, who is completing his final season with the Baltimore Blast, has been hired to be head coach at his alma mater, replacing retired coach Pep Perrella.

Stitz, 30, will also be hired as assistant athletic director to Bill Dawson.

"I've been looking to get into coaching for a while, and coming back to Curley to lead the soccer program is a dream come true," said Stitz, a 1987 graduate. "I've been keeping in contact with the program over the years and I'll be working with good people."

A former midfielder at Towson University before graduating in 1991, Stitz is in his eighth season with the Blast, having scored 29 points this season.

A former winner of the Blast's "Unsung Hero" award, Stitz is a versatile player, having played midfield, forward and defender.

He is among the organization's all-time leaders in games played, two-point goals and power-play goals, and ranks second in assists and points.

"It's unfortunate a decision had to be made now, before the end of this season," Stitz said, "but now I can focus on getting a league championship."

Stitz was an assistant to Perrella, coaching the junior varsity until 1998, and is familiar with several of the returning players.

"I've seen, first hand, Barry's command of the fundamentals and his ability to teach the game," said Perrella, 47. "Barry's got the experience, locally and nationally, and not many people can bring that. I'm thrilled that a Curley alumnus with his credentials got the job."

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