River Hill's Earl Lauer said he will retire as wrestling coach and physical education teacher after the 2005-06 school year, ending a highly successful 35-year career.
Lauer, who has also coached cross-country since he started teaching, said he plans to keep coaching that sport for a few more years at River Hill, where he has led the boys' team to three state championships, including last year's 3A title.
"I've been coaching wrestling for 35 years, and I don't know how much longer I'm supposed to give," said Lauer, 57. "I think it's time to give someone else a chance, but I want to keep doing cross-country for a few more seasons."
Lauer started the wrestling program at River Hill when the Clarksville school opened in 1996 and led the Hawks to the 4A/3A State Dual Meet tournament title in 2003 and the Howard County tournament championship in five of the past six years. Lauer began his coaching career at Glenelg in 1971 before taking over the program at Atholton in 1973, where he spent the next 23 seasons.
"I know as a coach I learned a lot from watching and being around him, and I know he'll be missed," said Rob Bowman, Glenelg's wrestling coach. "He has really done a lot for our sport with the time he has put in running tournaments and trying to make kids better. He's a tough competitor and has always acted with class."
Robinson Pares Back
Scott Robinson, defensive coordinator for the Mount Hebron girls' lacrosse team, which won 13 state titles in his 14 seasons, stepped down this week to spend more time with his family.
Robinson, who will remain the school's varsity girls' basketball coach, said he planned to meet with returning players this week to inform them of his decision.
"I've had a tremendous experience with the girls' lacrosse program at Mount Hebron and got to be around so many great players and coaches," said Robinson, who will be entering his 11th season as basketball coach this winter. "It was a tough decision for me, but I felt that I needed to spend time coaching my two kids so I won't look back and say that I missed this part of their lives."
Mount Hebron Coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland said Tony Giro, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the school's junior varsity team, will take Robinson's place.
"Not having Scott coming back is a massive loss to a program because he's been a wheel that made our team go," Kuhl-McClelland said. "But Tony's going to be excellent for us. He's been groomed for the position, consciously or not. He's been on the sidelines for all the varsity games, and he helped Scott run our defense, and the kids love him."
Giro helped lead the junior varsity team to an undefeated season this spring and has lost just two games in three seasons.
"This is a big challenge," Giro said. "It's a lot of responsibility to put on your shoulders to come in and take over for Scott."
Schuh Named All-American
Caitlin Schuh, a Columbia resident and recent graduate of Seton Keough High School in Baltimore, was named an Academic all-American in girls' lacrosse by U.S. Lacrosse this summer.
Schuh, a defender for the Gators, was one of four girls from Howard County to receive the honor, joining the Mount Hebron senior trio of Ginna Lance, Merissa Eide and Marianne Dodds.
Schuh, who was named the school's "student-athlete of the year" this spring, had a 4.25 grade-point average and is now attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
"When I found out that I got it, I was really excited because I have never gotten an award as big as that," Schuh said.