College coaches hard at work this summer

Scouting bowlers, running a gun store and starting an online business among local coaches' plans

July 08, 2011|By Chris Branch, Jakob Engelke and Matt Castello, The Baltimore Sun

The summer is a time when many college recruiters do their work. For Sharon Brummell, that's no different

But while football and basketball are the most talked-about sports when it comes to recruiting, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Brummell spends her time going after bowlers.

One of few full-time bowling coaches in the country, Brummell uses the summer to reel in all the players she can to the Hawks' program.

Brummell has two big trips planned for this summer. She traveled to Dallas to the United States Bowling Congress' annual convention, and this weekend she heads to Las Vegas for the USBC Junior Gold tournament, which runs through July 15.

Brummell said the event in Dallas was more of a coaching convention, but the Vegas trip has the potential to be her most fruitful.

"It's like a meat market," she said. "There are usually 600-700 female bowlers there. It's a big recruiting spot for us."

The bowlers are all under 19 and bowl for four or five straight days at the tournament. The hectic schedule doesn't give Brummell much time to sightsee.

"I'm normally in the alleys from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.," Brummell said. "But it's crucial that I be there. Every college coach in the U.S. is there."

Brummell's hard work has paid off recently. She led the Hawks to the 2011 NCAA title, defeating Vanderbilt in the championship match, 4-2.

Much of Brummell's summer efforts also include finding opponents. Few college programs have teams, meaning the Hawks have traveled all over the country.

"We've gone just about all over the U.S.," Brummell said. "Arizona, Michigan, Arkansas, Nebraska, Illinois. Everywhere."

Brummell said she's hoping the University of Hawaii will get a team. She also would like to travel to Europe to compete.

"We're trying to find a collegiate bowling team outside the U.S., but it's hard," Brummell said. "They all compete on their national teams, so not that many colleges have teams."

Following is a look at what other local college coaches are up to this summer:

Bill Kelley
Navy, rifle

Even when he's not coaching his current players or scouring the country recruiting new ones, Navy rifle coach Bill Kelley is never too far away from what he loves to do.

Kelley, who just finished his 12th season at the helm of Navy's rifle program, is the founder and owner of the Gun Center, a full-time retail store located in Frederick. And during the summer — when he isn't coaching or recruiting future Midshipmen — most of his time is devoted to the store.

"I'm usually in here most days and down at the Yard [Navy's campus] one or two days a week," Kelley said. "I'm usually answering emails by 6:30 in the morning, then handling the administrative types of things — responding to recruits and other things that take place at the Academy. I'll typically be in [the Gun Center] around lunchtime and then I'm home by 6."

Kelley said there is no "average day at the shop," but that as many as 50 to 60 people enter the store on a busy day with at least 25 people coming in on a slow day.

And even though Kelley sells rifles at his store, he said there's not too much overlap between what he does at the Gun Center and his coaching responsibilities in Annapolis.

"Not a bit of double dipping," Kelley said. "The shooting market in competitive shooting like what we do at the Naval Academy is a very limited market that's handled by maybe four or five vendors in the entire United States. We aren't in those product lines. We deal with hunting and target shooting types of products that the general public would buy. There's not really any kind of crossover between the two.

"It's funny. Most of the people who come in here don't realize that, No. 1, I'm the rifle coach at the Naval Academy, and No. 2, that there's even an NCAA sport in rifle. There's not a whole lot in common. It's two different markets."

Kyle Hannan
Goucher, men's lacrosse

Goucher coach Kyle Hannan has seemingly mastered the art of turning around a lacrosse program.

But it's another sport that's responsible for a pain Hannan is reminded of every step he takes.

Hannan was playing pick-up basketball with some co-workers in May 2009 when he awkwardly landed on his left ankle.

"My ankle actually dislocated and kind of flipped upside down," he said. "My ankle was on my shin and I was looking at the bottom of my shoe. So my foot basically came off."

Hannan has undergone two surgeries, but he's still experiencing excruciating pain daily.

So this summer he's waiting to undergo a new type of ankle replacement surgery, an innovative option that could help him regain his mobility and allow him to enjoy the active lifestyle he once took for granted.

Dr. Lou Schon, a renowned foot and ankle expert, has spent the past 12 years working on a new device for ankle replacement surgery and hoped it would be available to test this summer.

But, since the FDA has not yet cleared the device, Schon declined to discuss it in detail.

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