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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
If Chuck Struhar didn't teach English every day at Glenelg High School, he probably would be content to spend the day talking about softball.Since taking over the softball program at Glenelg three years ago, Struhar has turned Glenelg into a county powerhouse and a perennial playoff team. A knowledgeable, enthusiastic, demanding coach, Struhar prides himself on teaching fundamentals, drilling his players on game situations and turning marginal players into genuine talents.That may be a line out of every coach's handbook, but Struhar keeps producing the most impressive examples -- like Lisa Martin, a natural infielder who became one of the county's most dependable pitchers over the last two seasons.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com | May 3, 2009
At Long Reach High School, softball coach Chuck Struhar said "a coach could go an entire career without finding another player" like senior catcher Michelle Gravdahl. "She's the hardest working athlete I've ever coached," said Struhar, who has been coaching for more than 20 years. "She's maybe the best defensive catcher I've seen. Everything she does is right. She does the things you see and don't see. She's fast, runs well, slides inside and outside. She knows how to play the game." Gravdahl, 17, leads the Lightning in hitting (.429)
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2003
Chuck Struhar was named interim athletic director at Oakland Mills yesterday by Howard County coordinator of athletics Don Disney. Struhar takes over for Ken Hovet, the Scorpions' athletic director and football coach who is on administrative leave as the county investigates the circumstances surrounding an academically ineligible football player at the Columbia school. The football team forfeited seven regular-season wins and its state playoff berth when it was announced Thursday - two days before the Scorpions were scheduled to open their postseason - that they had used an ineligible player.
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June 11, 2005
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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2001
Long Reach's Chuck Struhar didn't expect to be coaching softball this season. "I hadn't planned on it," said Struhar, who stepped down as varsity coach after the 2000 season but continued as athletic director, a position he has held since the school opened in 1996. Struhar filled the varsity coaching position with Dale Harriman, who had directed the Lightning JV softball team for four years. However, there still was a vacancy for the JV position. "Pete Hughes was going to do it, but had a scheduling conflict," Struhar said.
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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2000
Chuck Struhar, who has served as Long Reach's athletic director and softball coach since the school opened in 1996, is stepping down from his coaching duties. He plans, "as of now," to remain as athletic director."It was a real tough decision because I really like these kids and I have a nice group coming back," said Struhar, who told his players of his decision after Wednesday's 3-1 loss to River Hill in a Class 3A East Region semifinal. "Next year will be the first time in 30 years I won't be coaching a high school sport, and it's going to be different."
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2002
Chuck Struhar, the Long Reach athletic director since the school opened in 1996, is taking over the Lightning's varsity softball team again this spring after a one-year hiatus. "I'm not really coming back beause I coached the junior varsity last season after four years of coaching the varsity," Struhar said. The varsity opening was created because Dale Harriman, last year's coach, took a job in the central office at the board of education. Struhar had coached the varsity at Long Reach for four seasons before stepping back.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer | June 16, 1991
Chuck Struhar, who has taught English, coached numerous sports and run academic and athletic departments during his 16-year tenure at Glenelg High, has resigned as the school's athletic director.Struhar, who ran Glenelg's athletic department for four years, officially leaves the job Tuesday. He expressed mixed feelings about his decision."It's a job I really enjoy and a job I think I'm very good at," said Struhar, 44. "But I'm in a position now where I don't want to do the job anymore."He cited several reasons for resigning, beginning with time demands.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer | March 11, 1992
Chuck Struhar had a project on his hands when he took over Glenelg'sgirls basketball program last fall.First of all, Struhar had been away from the game for three years, having given up coaching girls basketball at Glenelg in 1988 after 13 seasons. He also became the third coach to run the Gladiators in three years, following Barb Wolf and Russ Sellers, Struhar's successor. And he had to turn a relativelyinexperienced team into a playoff power while playing in a tough basketball county.Four months later, Struhar and the Gladiators are headed to Catonsville Community College for Glenelg's third Class 2A tournament appearance in four seasons.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | June 4, 1993
Glenelg softball coach Chuck Struhar jokingly suggested removing the fence that surrounds the Gladiators' outfield next year. Why? He wonders how many home runs junior first baseman Jodi Kielman could hit under those conditions."
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2003
Chuck Struhar was named interim athletic director at Oakland Mills yesterday by Howard County coordinator of athletics Don Disney. Struhar takes over for Ken Hovet, the Scorpions' athletic director and football coach who is on administrative leave as the county investigates the circumstances surrounding an academically ineligible football player at the Columbia school. The football team forfeited seven regular-season wins and its state playoff berth when it was announced Thursday - two days before the Scorpions were scheduled to open their postseason - that they had used an ineligible player.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2002
Chuck Struhar, the Long Reach athletic director since the school opened in 1996, is taking over the Lightning's varsity softball team again this spring after a one-year hiatus. "I'm not really coming back beause I coached the junior varsity last season after four years of coaching the varsity," Struhar said. The varsity opening was created because Dale Harriman, last year's coach, took a job in the central office at the board of education. Struhar had coached the varsity at Long Reach for four seasons before stepping back.
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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2001
Long Reach's Chuck Struhar didn't expect to be coaching softball this season. "I hadn't planned on it," said Struhar, who stepped down as varsity coach after the 2000 season but continued as athletic director, a position he has held since the school opened in 1996. Struhar filled the varsity coaching position with Dale Harriman, who had directed the Lightning JV softball team for four years. However, there still was a vacancy for the JV position. "Pete Hughes was going to do it, but had a scheduling conflict," Struhar said.
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By RICK BELZ AND STAN RAPPAPORT | June 2, 2000
Player of the Year Kristen Schaper, Long Reach: No one was more valuable to a team then Schaper. The senior pitched and batted the 14th-ranked Lightning to a 17-5 record, an outstanding improvement from the first three seasons when they won a collective 23 games. Long Reach coach Chuck Struhar knew he had a light-hitting team and that Schaper would have to pitch well every start for the Lightning to be competitive. And almost every time she came through. "When you know you don't have any room for error, that's when a true athlete comes out," Struhar said.
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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2000
Chuck Struhar, who has served as Long Reach's athletic director and softball coach since the school opened in 1996, is stepping down from his coaching duties. He plans, "as of now," to remain as athletic director."It was a real tough decision because I really like these kids and I have a nice group coming back," said Struhar, who told his players of his decision after Wednesday's 3-1 loss to River Hill in a Class 3A East Region semifinal. "Next year will be the first time in 30 years I won't be coaching a high school sport, and it's going to be different."
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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2000
Defending county softball champion Atholton will play host to Long Reach tomorrow, with the winner earning at least a share of the county championship. Both teams are 15-3 overall and 12-3 in the league. The Raiders end the regular season Wednesday against visiting Hammond (0-16) while Long Reach is at Glenelg (10-6). Atholton is coming off a 15-hit, 15-4 win over Howard, and coach John Zitko said his team is peaking at the right time. "We're playing with the confidence that we played with last year," said Zitko, whose team beat Long Reach, 7-1, earlier in the season.
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By Chuck Acquisto and Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun | May 11, 1994
When No. 8 Glenelg last faced visiting Centennial 11 days ago, thunder and rain suspended the game between the county's two top teams in the top of the fourth inning.Possessing a 1-0 lead against Centennial, Glenelg starting pitcher Emily Kessler faced a bases-loaded, one-out situation with Eagles sophomore catcher Brittany Deuchler at the plate."Well, at least we've got some days to work out a strategy to get out of this jam," Glenelg coach Chuck Struhar joked at the time with assistant coach Christine Meyers.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer | November 14, 1990
For the third time in a year and the second time in two weeks, Glenelg High School athletic director Chuck Struhar has named a new varsity wrestling coach.Brian Chadwick, a 27-year-old electrician who was a successful wrestler at Oakland Mills High, takes over the Gladiators this week in his first position as head coach.Chadwick replaces Jeff Hash, Struhar's original choice, who was called to active Navy duty in Saudi Arabia last week. Hash had been selected to replace Joe Thomas, who took over the program last year and guided the Gladiators to a third-place finish at the county tournament.
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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2000
Long Reach softball coach Chuck Struhar said he "can see the winner of this county having three or four losses." That means the Lightning is in pretty good shape five games into the season, as it holds the league's only unbeaten record. The four-year-old school, which has posted league records of 2-16, 10-8 and 11-7, moved into sole possession of first place Friday thanks to River Hill's 5-4 upset victory at seventh-ranked Atholton. At the same time, Long Reach needed Emily Holloway's bases-loaded single in the eighth inning to defeat visiting Wilde Lake, 2-1. Long Reach's climb to the top starts and stops with one player -- senior pitcher Kristen Schaper.
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