Len Willis, who has played football for the better part of his 32 years, is now involved in another side of the game. A former wide receiver and kick returner for Theodore Roosevelt High School, Nebraska Southern Junior College, Ohio State and for eight years in the NFL, Willis was appointed an assistant coach at Ohio State this season.
"I wanted to stay in the game and coaching seemed the most logical way to do that," said Willis.
"I'm really enjoying it right now," Willis said. "You really spend a lot of time watching films and preparing for opponents. I couldn't believe the time you have to put in. That's the biggest adjustment going from a player to a coach -- the hours. Lots and lots of hours."
In addition to his duties as the running backs' coach, in which he says he enjoys a good working relationship with all-America back Keith Byers, he recruits in the Washington metropolitan area.
Willis, a native of Washington, said, "I won't have any problems finding the schools around here. I know this town."
Willis credits much of his desire to become a coach to Paul Lanham, former assistant coach with the Redskins and now with the Detroit Lions.
"He (Lanham) is a great teacher and always treated me with respect," he said. "Being around good people is important in this business, and Lanham was good to work with. If I can emulate him and accomplish what he has in terms of people relationships, I'll do fine. One day, I'll want to move on, but I want to be prepared. When I decide to move, I'll know exactly what I'm doing."
Jim Fegan, athletic director and football coach at Georgetown Prep, will be honored for 25 years of service by alumni, parents and players Nov. 30 at Indian Spring Country Club. Fegan, a graduate of Gonzaga High School and Maryland and American universities, has won seven Interstate Athletic Conference titles and has a career record of 157-42-7.
The featured speaker for the tribute will be Maus Collins, football coach and athletic director at Archbishop Carroll. Colleagues and friends wishing to attend should contact Molly Cromwell at Georgetown Prep.
Regina Green, a former swimmer at Cardozo High School and Johnson C. Smith University, has been named swimming coach at Cardozo. Green is the only woman coach in the Interhigh League.
Cardozo Principal James Williams said he had been leaning toward hiring a woman because he had an all-male physical education staff (four).
"I wanted a specific person for that position. I began inquiring and letting people know we needed a swimming coach," Williams said. "I received four applications and Green was the only female to apply for the position. She is a graduate of Cardozo and trained under Mr. (Stanley) Gainor, who is now retired. Mr. Gainor built a good program and I know she will keep the program going."
Green was the Interhigh 100-meter backstroke and freestyle champion in 1976. In the three years Johnson C. Smith had a swimming team, Green was all-CIAA. Recently, Green was inducted into the Cardozo Swimming Hall of Fame.
"We're very excited about having her. The kids seem to be very taken with her," Athletic Director Frazier O'Leary said. "I think the fact that she was a former pupil under Mr. Gainor had a lot to with her being here."
Williams, who is anxious to help rebuild the fine athletic reputation the Northwest school enjoyed in the late '50s and early '60s, said he expects the Clerks' swimming team to contend for the public school title.
"I put pressure on all my coaches," said Williams, laughing. "We don't want any more 0-anything or 3-anything teams around here anymore."