Lacrosse program leaders


Howard At Play

April 22, 2001

Names: Kathy Black and Diana Carey.

Job description: Co-leaders of the Howard County Lacrosse Program's girls teams and leagues, which total more than 700 players ranging in age from 5 to 14. Black, in her fourth year with the organization, leads the six-team travel program and coaches an 11-12 travel team; Carey, with the organization five years, excluding a break to be with young children, oversees the 628-player, rec-level operation. Carey accidentally found a program sign-up at The Mall in Columbia. "I had my kids in a stroller, and when I said I'd played, I was told, `Good, you can be a coach.'"

Ages: Black, 40; Carey, 42.

Residences: Black - Glenwood for four years, formerly in Oakland Mills village. Carey - Clarksville, since her husband was transferred here about 12 years ago.

Personal information: Black - Grew up in Reisterstown. Franklin High, James Madison University graduate. Dietetics major in college; played field hockey and lacrosse. "I didn't see a lacrosse stick until I was in the 10th grade." Officiated field hockey and lacrosse for 10 years, jobs she relinquished as two daughters, two sons got involved in lacrosse, baseball. "I used to take them along with a playpen to a game, run, get paid, and my kids got baby sat - a lot of fun."

Carey - Greenwich, Conn., native played high school lacrosse, then club ball because Marist College didn't have a team. Husband, from Long Island, is a former lacrosse player, as well. Two sons, one daughter, eldest 13; all play lacrosse. Envies young female athletes today. "Boy, I just wish I'd had that kind of opportunity in sports."

Best thing about youth-organization position: Black - "Watching the kids go from not knowing anything about the sport to, all of a sudden, it clicks for them. That, and just spreading the word of lacrosse."

Carey - "I'm beginning to see names of girls I coached as 9-year-olds becoming stars in high school, and that's a thrill. ... I do have a passion for lacrosse. It's a very, very fun sport, a wonderful vehicle for kids that makes a healthier person and makes for a better attitude in life."

Biggest challenge: Black - "Getting coaches, but we've done a better job this year. People are fearful they don't know the game. But it's something like basketball, and we even have a couple very good coaches who taught themselves the game. We've turned a lot of kids away, at least 50, because we don't have coaching."

Carey - "A big challenge is just trying to make sure that you haven't forgotten about somebody; it's so easy to do with as many players as we have today. ... Also, making sure that we have coaches, fields, the scheduling, and all of that - that's the nightmare. Coaching's the fun part."

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