Carroll's Cowan to quit this week

Supervisor of physical education, athletics in county will be replaced by Rodriguez


Bruce Cowan, the supervisor of physical education and athletics for Carroll County Public Schools, said yesterday that he will step down from his position at the end of this week. Jim Rodriguez, an assistant principal at Winters Mill High School, will assume the role Jan. 1.

Cowan has been with the school system since 1972 and has held his current position since July 1992.

"There are some things that I've wanted to do that I haven't had time to do," said Cowan, 55. "I'm probably going to work on my golf game, because that needs a lot of help. But I'd also like to do some volunteer work and things like that."

Rodriguez, 37, was a teacher and coach at South Carroll, Liberty and Westminster for 10 years and has been an administrator the past five years. He has coached a variety of sports, including track and field, softball, baseball, football and girls basketball.

"I want to continue to put the most competitive teams out on the courts and fields, and to continue to develop the coaches," Rodriguez said.

"I believe one of my emphases is going to be continuing to remind our coaches that they are role models for their players."

Rodriguez landed the job after two interviews, including one with county schools superintendent Charles I. Ecker, who ultimately named him to the position. Initially, Rodriguez expects to split time between Winters Mill and the school system's central office, also in Westminster.

The job entails not only overseeing the county's athletic programs, but also developing physical education curriculum and overseeing middle school and high school gym teachers.

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