Herman hired to coach Winters Mill basketball

Westminster fills spots with Kanther, Molloy

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April 05, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Bill Rumbaugh's dream team continues to take shape.

Rumbaugh, the outgoing athletic director at North Carroll, is currently assembling his staff for his new post as AD at Winters Mill, which is set to open this fall.

Rumbaugh yesterday confirmed that he has tabbed Westminster's Dave Herman as the school's first boys basketball coach.

Herman, long rumored to be making the jump since being appointed to Winters Mill's initial leadership team in the summer of 2000, will coach JV next season before the school begins its varsity slate in 2003-04.

"Through working with him [on the leadership team], he just proved he's a quality guy," Rumbaugh said. "I feel extremely confident in having him guide the boys basketball program."

Herman said he's looking forward to the challenge of building a program from scratch.

"It's going to provide some really nice opportunities for me working with young kids," said Herman, a history teacher, who added that new opportunities in the classroom also played a role in his decision. "I'm going to miss Westminster. I've been here for 15 years as a player or coach, so it's kind of hard."

Herman, a 1989 Westminster graduate, recently completed his first season as head coach, after several years as an assistant and JV coach.

Rumbaugh said there was "substantial" interest in the job, especially from outside the county.

Herman's hiring adds one more recognized name to Winters Mill's coaching ranks. In February, Rumbaugh named Liberty's Ken Johnson as football coach and Westminster's Bryan Shumaker as girls soccer coach.

Johnson has spent the past nine years at the Eldersburg school after stints at Chesapeake and Randallstown, where he led the Rams to a Class 4A state title in 1984.

Shumaker was named The Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year in 1999 after his soccer team captured the Class 4A state title, and County Coach of the Year last spring after his softball team claimed a 4A state title.

"We've got people who are already established coaches in two of the higher-profile positions. I think people like Dave, people like `Speedy' [Johnson] and people like Bryan Shumaker are people who are going to give us instant credibility in those sports."

Rumbaugh said he plans to announce the rest of his winter and spring staff by mid-April.

Westminster makes 2 hires

Westminster this week filled two of its voids created by the departures, hiring Brett Kanther as boys basketball coach and Terry Molloy as girls soccer coach.

Kanther, 30, served as a volunteer assistant on the Owls' junior varsity last season and is a former five-year JV coach at Baltimore County's Eastern Tech.

"I'm really excited," said Kanther, a Westminster resident. "I think that people aren't going to be expecting a heck of a lot [because of graduations] ... but I think we have a good group coming in. There are some outstanding players from the JV that probably a lot of people don't know about."

His hiring also signals a change in the team's style of play.

"I like to play as much full-court, in-your-face, man-to-man defense as possible, and push the ball up the court," he said. "It will be a little bit of an adjustment for the kids. They haven't been asked, historically, to do that."

Westminster finished 12-11 last season, including 4-2 in the county.

Molloy teaches weight training at Westminster and previously coached on the varsity level at Linganore.

N. Carroll hires Martello

Matt Martello, a longtime assistant at Loyola High, who has led the Dons' JV team to two straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association titles, was named football coach at North Carroll on Wednesday.

An assistant to coaching legend Joe Brune since 1983, with the exception of a short stint during the mid-1990s, the Johns Hopkins graduate originally had thrown his name into the mix to replace Brune, who retired following last season. When the Towson-area school decided to go in a different direction, however, Martello resolved to look elsewhere.

"No bridges burned. I'm a [Loyola] graduate. It's tough to put away my blue and gold, but I have to move on," Martello, 42, said.

A committee comprised of Troy Warehime, the school's incoming athletic director, Rumbaugh and an assistant principal interviewed a wide array of candidates. In the end, however, Martello's experience won out.

"He's got coaching pedigree," Rumbaugh said. "We're talking about playing at Loyola High School and coaching under Joe Brune, and playing at Hopkins under [former coaching great] Jim Margraff, also coaching a year [as defensive line coach in 1990] under Margraff. If you had to write a pedigree for a football coach, there's two characteristics right there."

Martello, who led the Dons to a 10-0 record last season, will have his work cut out for him. He becomes the third coach in as many years at North Carroll, which is coming off consecutive 1-9 seasons and hasn't posted a winning record since 1996.

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