Calvert Hall taps Eckerl as coach

He'll replace Binder, remain as Cards' AD


High Schools

October 18, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | By Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall yesterday named athletic director Lou Eckerl, who was All-Metro Coach of the Year at Cardinal Gibbons in 1982, to replace retired Joe Binder as its new baseball coach.

"I feel very fortunate that the administration gave me an opportunity to get back on the field working with young men," said Eckerl, who will continue as athletic director. "I'm really excited about this. I'm going to do my best to follow in the winning tradition that Joe Binder established for Calvert Hall baseball."

Eckerl, 49, coached Gibbons' baseball team to the 1982 Maryland Scholastic Association title, and led Calvert Hall's football team to a No. 2 ranking as its coach in 1998.

"We had excellent candidates and I thought Lou was the best person to lead the program into the future," said Calvert Hall principal Lou Heidrick. "He assisted Joe Binder for about 10 years and has a passion and a drive and loves to work with student-athletes."

Binder made 17 title-game appearances in 22 seasons, winning 11 private-school crowns - more than any other metro area coach.

Binder, who is in his 35th year of teaching at Calvert Hall, was named All-Metro Coach of the Year in 1985, '88 and '94, and his 462-152 record ranked fourth among active coaches in the state at the time of his retirement in May.

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