Gregg expects to coach Falcons one more year

SIDELINES

March 28, 2003

Don Gregg, the Severna Park boys soccer coach recently named National Soccer Coach of the Year by the National Federation of Soccer Coaches, is considering retirement as a physical education teacher at the end of this school year, but he definitely will coach the Falcons one more season.

"Don told me he wanted to coach one more season, which will be his 30th, but will probably retire as a teacher," said Severna Park athletic director Wayne Mook.

Gregg said he has bought a house in Florida "contingent upon us selling our house [in Pasadena]" to spend his retirement.

"It's highly probable I will retire as a teacher, but maybe not until January dependent upon the selling of our house," Gregg said.

"But I expect to coach one more year either way. I've got the schedule made up and we're playing DeMatha this year."

This past season, Gregg became the county's first boys soccer coach to win 300 career games. Gregg has an all-time record of 300-110-14. He led the Falcons to the Class 3A state title in 2001 and a state co-championship in Class AA (now 4A) with Bowie in 1983 after a double-overtime, 1-1 tie.

He would be the second retired teacher to stay on as a coach at Severna Park, joining field hockey coach Lil Shelton.

Lacrosse is next goal

Senior Scott McGuire, a boys soccer All-County goalie from Severna Park, is a defensive midfielder on the Falcons' lacrosse team. It's the first time McGuire, who grew up playing baseball for his father, Mark McGuire, a county high school umpire, has ever played lacrosse.

Knowing that the younger McGuire was a good athlete, new Falcons lacrosse coach Brien McMurray coaxed the senior into coming out. As for the No. 10 Falcons' chances this season, McMurray said, "I really think we have the ability to be regional champs. South River is probably the best team right now, but you have to throw Broadneck, Annapolis and Arundel in the mix."

Severn rebounds

The No. 7 Severn boys lacrosse team bounced back from its 7-6 upset loss to Friends of Baltimore with an 8-7 victory over No. 4 and previously unbeaten Calvert Hall (4-1) on Tuesday.

A host of Admirals starters were suspended before the Friends game for a school rules violation, but they returned for the Calvert Hall game.

Michael Biles had four goals and Chris Mercer scored a goal and had two assists in the victory over Calvert Hall.

Sideliners

Arundel's baseball team avenged its season-opening, 11-3 loss to Southern of Harwood on Friday by thumping the No. 14 Bulldogs, 13-4, on Monday. After Southern took advantage of eight Wildcats errors on Friday, Arundel capitalized on five Southern errors and 11 walks. ... Old Mill baseball coach Mel Montgomery's son, Zack, is the Patriots' returning starter at second base, while the coach's daughter, Ali, is the starting catcher as a freshman for the school's softball team. ... Severna Park baseball coach Jim McCandless has moved second-team All-County outfielder Andrew Jensen, a good athlete with good hands and a good arm, to shortstop this spring.

Trivia question: How many head baseball coaches in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference have ties to Anne Arundel County?

Trivia answer: five of the 10: Steve Miller of Archbishop Spalding coaches the county's only A Conference team; Al Frank of Archbishop Curley lives in Glen Burnie, as does Cardinal Gibbons first-year coach Lee Schwarzenberg; Dave Norton of Mount St. Joseph resides in Pasadena; and Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl grew up in Stoney Creek of the Riviera Beach area.

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