Fales keeps busy as coach, teacher and commissioner


Howard At Play

January 07, 2001|By Lowell E. Sunderland

Name: Howard "Chuck" Fales

Job description: In 10th year as basketball commissioner for Elkridge Youth Organization, in which he learned football, basketball and baseball as a kid. Also does all the game scheduling for EYO sports - basketball, baseball, softball, soccer. Basketball program has about 300 boys, only about 20 girls; club trying to rebuild girls program. In second year of having travel teams; a 13-14 boys team started last winter; an 11-12 boys team is playing this winter. Group uses gyms in three schools for basketball.

Age: 40

Residence: Born, raised in Elkridge, now lives in the Hunt Club section.

Personal: Athletic director at Atholton High School, where he has coached football for 18 years; former lacrosse coach as well. Howard High graduate has bachelor's degree in physical education from Frostburg State, master's in administration/supervision from Bowie State. Former softball player. Two sons, 15 and 12; both into sports. Wife played college lacrosse at Frostburg.

Best part of the job: "I've been teaching for 20 years, and I really enjoy that. If the kids want it, I'll coach it, and that's what drove me back to EYO, where I used to play. When my boys got old enough, I felt it was time for me to put time back into it."

Most challenging part of the job: "Gym time for practice; there just isn't enough space for anyone. Also, the same as with every youth organization - trying to find support and help. I've been to a boatload of meetings, but it's pretty much the same group of parents who do everything, and you get burned out. Most parents these days just want to drop their kids off and leave; it's two hours of baby-sitting. But I still keep trying to get parents involved in what their kids are doing."

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