Brennan taking over Liberty football


Former assistant replaces nine-year coach Johnson

big test for Lions lacrosse

March 29, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Liberty didn't have to look far to find its new football coach.

Last week, the school named defensive coordinator Marty Brennan to replace nine-year coach Ken Johnson, who in early February was named coach at Winters Mill, a school scheduled to open in the fall.

"One of the things we've been trying to do is promote from within," Liberty athletic director Joe Reiter said. "I think somebody who's paid their dues within our system should have the opportunity to move up to the varsity level. Marty did a great job with `Speedy' [Johnson], and his time has come."

Brennan, a former quarterback and safety at Westminster before graduating in 1991, was an assistant at Liberty for the past six years. The former Salisbury State player is expected to bring a "more offensive approach" to the team, according to Johnson.

"He definitely has a different background than I did," Johnson said. "Marty's much younger, and he's got a real good rapport with the kids, so I feel like the transition will be extremely smooth."

Liberty went 3-7 last season but still finished in a three-way tie for the county title with Westminster and South Carroll.

Play the best, be the best

Liberty girls lacrosse coach Courtney Vaughn is a firm believer that the experience of playing powerful opponents outweighs any blemishes on the record.

Over the next week, the No. 7 Lions will have plenty of opportunities for both.

In Monday's Lacrosse Showdown at Towson University, Liberty will face No. 6 Roland Park. Then on Friday, the Lions will face No. 11 Hereford in the opening round of Liberty's tournament, which could see them playing No. 3 Bryn Mawr in Saturday's final.

"I just think that to be the best you've got to play the best," Vaughn said. "It just happened that our schedule had some holes in it early in the season."

Roland Park coach Tara Kramer is expecting a challenge.

"They are a very hungry team looking to prove themselves," said Kramer. "We're expecting a really tough game. They certainly have a few key players we'll be watching for."

One of those is Becky Trumbo, the Towson-bound, All-Metro midfielder who became the Lions' all-time leader in points (257) earlier this week.

Liberty defeated private school powers Mount de Sales, 13-8, and St. Paul's, 15-7, after going through an unbeaten preseason that included victories over No. 2 Maryvale, No. 9 Annapolis and defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference champion Seton Keough.

Vaughn said that while she would have preferred to play these games later in the season heading into the playoffs, "at least now we can see what we need to work on as the season goes along."

With eight seniors heading to Division I colleges next season, Vaughn believes this year's squad has the potential to be her strongest ever.

Liberty's local dominance, however, has a downside, since the team needs formidable competition to prepare itself for the postseason, where it will likely run into nine-time state champion Mount Hebron.

"I think a lot of times our practices are tougher than the games," Vaughn said. "I tell the kids to work extremely hard so that when it's game time, it will be fun and easy compared to our practices."

New job for Green

Francis Scott Key track coach Angie Green will trade in her stopwatch and spikes for a whistle and ball next fall when she takes over as the Eagles' girls soccer coach.

Green, 29, was a four-year varsity player at Key, and went on to play three years of club ball at Mount St. Mary's.

"It's just something different from track," said Green, who will be making her coaching debut in the sport. "It's more of a team-aspect sport - only 15 kids vs. 100. I was always a pretty aggressive player, and I hope to bring a little bit of that aggressiveness into the game."

Green also said she felt it was important to keep a woman at the helm of the program.

She will continue to coach Key's track team, as well.

Carroll Hall of Fame

The Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame inducted five new members Wednesday night during a ceremony at Carroll Community College.

The Hall's ninth class included Larry Hersh and Robert DuVall, 1972 Westminster graduates and teammates on the Owls' baseball team, who went on to stellar college careers at Shepherd College and Western Maryland College, respectively; Stan Chase, who coached four teams to state championships while at Robert Moten School before embarking on a career as a high school and college official; Bonnie Clendaniel, a former 40-year coach at North Carroll; and Teresa Arnold Yapps, a former field hockey standout at Francis Scott Key, who went on to become a dominant gymnast at Towson University.

There are now 44 members in the Hall of Fame.

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