Oakland Mills coaches stay on sidelines

Signing deadline passes

meeting set with Disney


High Schools

May 04, 2004|By Rick Belz and Edward Lee | Rick Belz and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A contract signing deadline came and went yesterday for the coaches of fall sports at Oakland Mills, and all 16 positions remain unfilled.

"We didn't have anyone sign their contract," said interim athletic director Carol Satterwhite. "They all expressed concerns about procedures for eligibility, and I need some clarification myself, so we're having [county coordinator of athletics] Don Disney come to the school for an open meeting at 2 p.m. [today] so that coaches can come in and voice their concerns to him."

Satterwhite, who imposed the deadline, emphasized that all of the coaches said their intent is to coach, and that none of them said their refusal to sign a contract was related to the Ken Hovet situation.

Hovet, the school's football coach, athletic director and AP history instructor, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave from all three positions due to his alleged role in an illegal grade change for a football player.

"A lot of changes need to be put into place in order for coaches to put their teaching jobs on the line," said Don Shea, the boys varsity soccer coach.

Two of the main concerns involved certification of incoming freshman eligibility and a deadline for legal grade changes.

"If you can certify weights for wrestlers, then you should be able to certify grades for middle school kids," said Shea. "To have a freshman student bring in his middle school report card doesn't resolve the issue."

Satterwhite agreed, saying that middle school report cards are handwritten and could easily be changed.

"They need to be computer-generated," she said. "We're the only county in the state that has a freshman eligibility rule, and no one is happy with it."

Disney said that time is running out for getting commitments from Oakland Mills coaches for next fall.

"The kids need to know before school ends who their coaches are going to be, so that they can have team meetings and discuss workout schedules and summer camps," Disney said. "It is essential that coaches be in place."

Openings must be advertised for 10 days within the school, and if still unfilled, then another 30 days throughout the school system.

"I'm out of time and will do whatever it takes to find the best available coaches to coach those kids," Disney said.

As far for grade changes, different schools have different procedures.

"Maybe we all need to be on the same page about grade changes," Satterwhite said.

OM player arrested

An Oakland Mills football player was arrested on multiple drug charges at the school Friday.

Anthony Lynn Evans, 18, who caught 30 passes for 571 yards last fall as a junior, was charged with a felony count of selling marijuana on school grounds and three additional charges. The arrest was first reported in The Washington Post.

Under Howard school policy, if convicted, Evans faces a 45-day suspension or expulsion, and if suspended will be ineligible to participate in football next fall.

Track standouts

There were several noteworthy local performances from Saturday's Gator Invitational:

River Hill senior Michael Wade collected titles in the long jump (21 feet, 1/4 inch) and the triple jump (43-4), both personal bests.

Hawks junior Nicholas took the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 19.18 seconds.

On the girls side, Reservoir sophomore Lindsay Rau won the pole vault with a personal-record 7 feet.

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