Lacrosse teams coordinator, coach says parents' involvement needed


May 06, 2001|By Lowell E. Sunderland

Name: Joe Dougherty

Job description: In sixth year with Howard County Youth Lacrosse Program. Coordinates five boys travel teams and coaches one; is assistant boys rec-league leader under organization president Kevin Campbell. Leads group's winter indoor program, with competition at Perring Parkway and Owings Mills arenas. With two lacrosse-playing sons in high school next spring, would like to be more behind-the-scenes in HCLP.

Age: About to turn 48.

Residence: Centennial Lane area of Ellicott City since 1995.

Personal information: Raised in Washington, D.C. Graduated from Gonzaga High School, then Mount St. Mary's College, where he learned lacrosse. "I never played until I got there. Played crease defense - I was a goon." Daughter at Salisbury State; two sons, one at Centennial High, the other in eighth grade. Sons play lacrosse; daughter played rec-level softball, basketball, taking after her mother. Works in Northern Virginia for U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency.

Best thing about youth-organization position: "Working with some wonderful people. Also, it's fun, especially as I get older, to pick up the paper and see names of kids I had now playing in high school. You'd like to think you helped them. ... Another thing, lacrosse is such a small community. Everywhere you go, you see guys you've played, coached against, and everyone shares information."

Biggest challenge for group: "We are in desperate need of coaches, just more people to help. We're growing exponentially, but you sometimes see 40 or 50 players out there and just two adults. ... We can help them learn the game, but we need more people who are just willing to get involved."

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