River Hill AD Van Deusen says he will retire in July

Longtime Howard teacher to be assistant GM in golf

High Schools

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

River Hill athletic director Don Van Deusen said yesterday that he plans to retire in July, ending his 33-year career with the Howard County school system.

Van Deusen, 58, is retiring so that he can take the position of assistant general manager for the Columbia Association's Fairway Hills and Hobbit's Glen golf courses.

He will finish the school year as athletic director and physical education teacher at River Hill, and work his new job on weekends and evenings until school ends.

"I enjoy what I'm doing, but it's exciting to try something new," said Van Deusen, an avid golfer who has served as executive director for the First Tee program at Fairway Hills for two years. First Tee is a national program that offers golf access and learning to children who otherwise would not have access.

The assistant general manager's position opened up after the retirement of Gene Ward as general manager Dec. 1 and the subsequent hiring of Joan Loveless as the new general manager.

"We needed someone whose skills would match with Joan's," said Bob Bellamy, CA's director of operations for sports and fitness. "They will make a good team."

Loveless, head pro at Fairway Hills for eight years, is PGA- and LPGA-certified; Van Deusen is not PGA-certified. His job will be an administrative one, running the pro shops and tournaments and supervising the course rangers and starters.

Van Deusen has worked as a ranger and starter during the past five summers.

Bellamy said he received 100 resumes for the assistant general manager's position and that 10 people were interviewed.

"CA has been good about letting me finish up my job at River Hill," said Van Deusen.

Van Deusen has spent 14 years as an athletic director, eight at River Hill and six at Atholton. He coached football and basketball and taught for three years at Howard starting in 1971, then spent 22 years at Atholton before helping to open up River Hill.

He coached football 21 years at Atholton and four years at River Hill, and also coached baseball 10 years and basketball eight years at Atholton.

The Long Island native was a Little All-American in football and baseball at Concord College in W.Va., and played two years in the New York Yankees' farm system.

He is the father of five, two of whom currently coach in Howard County. Brian is head football coach and basketball coach at River Hill. And Stephanie is head girls soccer coach at Atholton.

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