Arundel's Legrand says he'll join MPSSAA

Volleyball coach would become assistant director

October 08, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Greg Legrand, a physical education teacher and coach, will likely leave Arundel High in November to fill the newly created position of assistant director with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The new full-time position will entail working under MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks. Duties will include helping with state tournament committees and facility arrangements, working with sponsors and finding scholarships for athletes.

"MPSSAA Human Resources offered me the position at the end of last week after narrowing a large field of candidates down to three. I accepted, but it's not official yet," said Legrand, 32, who has been the volleyball coach at Arundel the past five years and an assistant baseball coach for the Wildcats. His volleyball team is currently ranked No. 4.

"They have to work out a financial package that will be acceptable to everyone. It can then be made official."

Sparks, who succeeded John E. Molesworth as MPSSAA executive director in 1981, confirmed that Legrand is a strong candidate but added, "Greg has not been made a bona fide offer.

"Human resources is still reviewing his application and references. It will probably be another few days to a week."

Legrand has to give the Anne Arundel County school system 30 days' notice. He will finish the volleyball season and told his players of his plans Friday.

Legrand, a 1993 graduate of Towson University with honors in finance and the University of Maryland in 1997 with a degree in kinesiology, is a Chicago native who didn't pursue a career in teaching or coaching after graduating from Towson.

Instead, Legrand worked for Smith Barney as a stockbroker.

But he said "that just wasn't me, and soon after I took a job at a wilderness camp for wayward kids in Oldtown, Maryland [near Cumberland]. It was at that camp that I found my calling."

Legrand got into student teaching in 1997 and was teaching at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie in 1998.

Legrand coached the Arundel JV volleyball team in '97 and in '98 took the varsity position at Arundel, turning an 0-15 team into an 11-7 winner to earn The Sun's Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year honors.

In 1999, he landed his current teaching position at Arundel.

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