Springer calls it quits, ending 35-year career

SIDELINES

He led Anne Arundel CC, Broadneck girls to titles

September 05, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After 35 years of coaching, Bruce Springer says he's "not retiring, just stepping back to see what life is all about in the wintertime."

In somewhat of a surprise, Springer informed Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek yesterday that he was resigning as the Bruins' girls basketball coach.

"We had talked about it and it's tough to leave such a great high school atmosphere from the administration to the other coaches, kids and parents," said Springer, a New Jersey native who played football and ran track at the University of Maryland.

Springer, who is in his 36th year teaching health and physical education at Anne Arundel Community College, spent 20 years as the school's men's basketball coach, going 373-196 (.656) with eight Maryland JuCo titles before taking the job at Broadneck in 1987-88.

After spending the next season as a St. Mary's assistant boys coach, Springer returned for the 1989-90 season and led the Bruins to their second Class 4A state title. He went 194-148 (.567) in 14 seasons overall, including 11-12 last year.

"It's a personal loss for me because Bruce and I go back a long way," said Kazmarek, who said the school is formally advertising the position.

"I played for Bruce at AACC and having him here was special for me as a coach."

Kazmarek also announced that O.T. Campbell has resigned as wrestling coach and will be replaced by Jake Vickery, a Pikesville High teacher and Anne Arundel County resident.

Royer at Arundel

Arundel announced that Billy Royer will replace John Miller as varsity wrestling coach. Miller will stay on as an assistant to Royer, who was an All-Metro wrestler at Old Mill in the early 1980s.

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