High school coaches stay active in the offseason

Century track coach Reisberg uses summer to compete in Senior Olympics

  • Wayne Reisberg practices the discus throw in his Marriottsville backyard. A 68-year-old volunteer track coach at Century, he competed in the Senior Olympics in Houston last month.
Wayne Reisberg practices the discus throw in his Marriottsville… (Baltimore Sun photo by Jed…)
July 06, 2011|By Katherine Dunn and Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

At 68, Wayne Reisberg likes to stay active. A volunteer track and field coach at Century, he walks a lot, throws the discus and enjoys traveling around the country with his wife Pauline.

Reisberg combined sports with travel a few years back and began competing in the Senior Olympics. Last month, he finished ninth in the discus in the 65-69 age group at the national senior games in Houston with a throw of 109 feet, six inches. It was an improvement from his 14th-place finish in the 60-64 age group four years ago in Louisville.

“It’s an excuse to travel somewhere else with the wife,” Reisberg said. “We had never been to Kentucky, so we went down to Mammoth Cave while we were there. This one, we [went] down to Galveston on the Gulf Coast and to NASA, the [Johnson] Space Center in Houston. We did a trip last August out to the Northwest and we figured there’s only about six states I haven’t been in and about eight she hasn’t. One of them was Texas.”

The retired social studies teacher coached the South Carroll track team from 1967 to 1999. Later, while filling in as a substitute teacher at Century, one of his students said the Knights were losing their cross country coaches. He took the job for a few years.

Since 2004, he’s helped with the track team, coaching discus and shot put.

“I enjoy the closer contact with the teenagers,” said Reisberg, who has three grandchildren. “I guess I’m an encourager. The other thing I probably got the most out of in my life is teaching driver’s ed. Just to see kids progress from being scared of driving to being proficient. Same thing in throwing. It needs a lot of skill, and it’s rewarding to see kids progressing when they work hard.”

Reisberg played soccer and baseball in high school at Milford Mill, but when he got to Catonsville Community College, there was no baseball team, so he joined the track and field team. He started throwing the discus, shot put and javelin.

He now throws the discus 15 to 20 times each day, either at Century or in his back yard, and he still loves coaching.

“My wife sort of said I should stop coaching and then we could travel more, but we have a great bunch of juniors coming back,” he said. “She saw my enthusiasm and she said, ‘Why don’t you just keep coaching? You enjoy it so much.’”

After the senior Olympics, the Reisbergs headed to Lake Placid for a family vacation.

They’ll also spend part of this summer working at the Baltimore County Christian Work Camp, improving houses and cleaning up yards for elderly and disabled residents. Then, they’ll pack up and head for another work camp based at Frostburg State with fellow members of the Wards Chapel United Methodist Church, including their daughter Wendy Miller and granddaughter Rachael Miller.

Following is a look at what some other local high school coaches are up to this summer:

Herman ‘Tree’ Harried, Lake Clifton, boys basketball

It wasn’t long ago that Herman “Tree” Harried was mentoring a promising young point guard in one of the many summer basketball camps he’s helped instruct in the 14 years he’s been head coach at Lake Clifton. What impressed Harried the most about this camper, Chris Paul, was his willingness to listen and consistently give it his all.

These days, Paul is playing for the New Orleans Hornets and is regarded as one of the finest point guards in the NBA. Every summer, he gives back with his own CP3 Elite Basketball Camp in Winston-Salem, N.C.

And whom did he choose to be the camp director? Harried.

For Harried, a former Dunbar and Syracuse standout, the opportunity to teach basketball and life lessons to youth from all over the country and the world is his calling. He recently wrapped up Paul’s camp and next up is the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, where Harried is serving as a camp counselor.

He’ll close out the summer back home running the Herman “Tree” Harried Basketball Skills Academy. Joining him at all the camps this summer is his son Armon, 10.

“It’s great teaching young men at the national level, and I enjoy seeing the different attitudes of players from all over the world,” said Harried, who has also traveled abroad as an assistant coach on U.S. youth national teams. “It’s a great experience to interact and socialize with players and other coaches throughout the basketball community.”

Albert Holley, Milford Mill, boys basketball

For the past eight years, Albert Holley, who has guided the Millers to two straight state championships and three consecutive Baltimore County crowns, has jumped from coaching his high school team to summer league AAU ball.

This summer, Holley is exchanging the hardwood for the woods.

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