Co-coaches Of The Year

Boys Soccer

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Randy Dase


Winning while also using the regular season as a building block for the playoffs, the No. 4 Generals (16-1-2) earned a share of the Class 3A state crown after holding their ground in a 1-1 tie against No. 1 River Hill. Dase, 49, is no stranger to state titles at Towson. The 1972 graduate was a three-sport standout (soccer, basketball and lacrosse), winning titles as a player in soccer and lacrosse. He also coached the lacrosse program to eight state crowns in 18 seasons before stepping down in 1997. With the Generals moving up a class after a 2A state runner-up finish last fall, Dase made good use of speed up top, a centerpiece in All-Metro midfielder Jeff Routh, and an unheralded defense that posted 10 shutouts. It's the program's fourth state title and the first under Dase, who has coached 14 seasons in three stints.

Bill Stara

River Hill

With only two seniors returning as starters and an otherwise youthful base, Stara had one of his toughest coaching assignments this fall. But, as has been the case throughout his 22-year career, he had his group playing as one and doing so on the season's last day. The No. 1 Hawks played Towson to a 1-1 tie to earn a share of the Class 3A state championship - the Hawks' fifth in eight seasons and Stara's 12th, with the seven others coming at Centennial. With players' roles identified and the necessary individual sacrifices made for the benefit of team success, everything fell into place for the Hawks. Stara has a 327-38-16 career record and an .896 winning percentage, which is tops for a state coach.

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