With Hovet on leave, Struhar named Oakland Mills interim athletic director

High Schools

November 19, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Chuck Struhar was named interim athletic director at Oakland Mills yesterday by Howard County coordinator of athletics Don Disney.

Struhar takes over for Ken Hovet, the Scorpions' athletic director and football coach who is on administrative leave as the county investigates the circumstances surrounding an academically ineligible football player at the Columbia school.

The football team forfeited seven regular-season wins and its state playoff berth when it was announced Thursday - two days before the Scorpions were scheduled to open their postseason - that they had used an ineligible player.

"There are a lot of good people at Oakland Mills who need some help right now," said Struhar, the athletic director at Long Reach for seven years before stepping down in June. "The county has been good to me and it's time to give something back. I expect this to last only a couple of weeks.

"I have a lot of friends at Oakland Mills and just want to get them up and running."

Struhar will continue to teach two morning classes of SAT prep at Long Reach before going to Oakland Mills at noon each day.

"We needed an experienced person who could hit the ground running," Disney said. "He'll have to take care of getting coaching contracts signed, eligibility forms, confirmations on bus transportation, schedule changes, parent orientations and organizing team meetings."

Struhar, who also coaches softball at Long Reach, was athletic director for six years at Glenelg before moving to Long Reach when that school opened.

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