Bill Stein will celebrate Georgetown's greatest -- he hopes -- season by rounding out a decade as John Thompson's top basketball assistant and leaving when it's over to become athletic director at St. Peter's College in Jersey City.

Stein, a 1960s Providence teammate of Thompson, came to GU with the big guy in 1972. Thompson credits him with a major role in the Hoyas' recruiting success -- and, ironically, Stein cites the recruiting grind in his decision to leave for the vacant a.d. post at St. Peter's, where Bob Dukiet is the basketball coach.

It "was becoming too tough, and I wanted to spend some time with my wife and two sons (10 and 7). The entire summer now consists of recruiting and summer camps. It never stops . . . For now, I just don't think coaching is for me. I need to spend time at home" . . .

Dick Schultz, the almost new Virginia athletic director, says the media can bandy about all those football coaching names, he will maintain silence until ready to announce a successor to Dick Bestwick -- and he sets no deadline . . . Meanwhile, 0-12 Colorado State has hired Leon Fuller, defensive coordinator for Fred Akers at Texas since 1977 . . . Nevada-Las Vegas has dipped to JuCo level for Harvey Hyde, a winner at Pasadena (Calif.) City College, as head coach . . . And 6-3-1 VMI's Bob Thalman has been voted Southern Conference coach of the year . . . Major-college football finale in Honolulu, Pearl Harbor anniversary eve: Hawaii 33, South Carolina 10.

At the Florida baseball meetings: Rick Holt, Alexandria Dukes' general manager three years, pursues new employment. Gene Thomas, Dukes' president, shops to replace Holt and manager Mike Toomey, parent Pirate reject . . . Baltimore's neighborly Orioles have signed a full working agreement with Hagerstown, an Alexandria rival whose Dan Overstreet is The Sporting News' Class A executive of the year for his work with the pennant-winning 1981 co-op Suns and Grady Little, Carolina League manager of the year.

The Dukes' operators/boosters, the Alexandria Grandstand Managers, have voted in Fred Tropp as 1982 president, Edd Shull for '83 . . . A message from Ronald Reagan "as a former broadcaster" helped the Quarterback Club of Washington give Bryant Gumbel a nice send-off from NBC Sports to "Today" anchor. Gumbel said he won't miss getting out from amid Pete Rozelle's "programmed mediocrity," the whole NFL driving toward 8-8 . . .

Robert Reid, the Big E's Houston front-court mate, had one of his best games Saturday -- 20 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals to help beat Portland -- then told the Rockets he would not play the rest of the NBA season; "pressing personal matters." G.M. Ray Patterson reckoned it might have something to do with Reid's deep involvement in religion (he is a Pentecostal minister's son) -- and "We can only abide by his wishes." So he put Reid on suspended list.

Hockey meetings under way in Palm Beach, Fla., NHL President John Ziegler saying there's "less than 50-50 chance" of a Ranger shift to the Jersey Meadowlands but the club will be quizzed on it today. NHL Players Association contract, expiring Sept. 15, won't be taken up before All-Star break, here, in February.

Johan Cruyff, as non-Dip, seems Cruyffian again. Back with Holland's Ajax club, he doubled attendance Sunday (to 23,000), scored first in a 4-1 win over Haarlem, had next opponent's coach gushing . . .

A. Youngest starting pitcher in the bigs: Jim Derrington at 16 years 10 months for White Sox versus Kansas City A's, September 1956. He lost, 7-6, but lasted six innings and, in pre-DH era, got a hit, AL's youngest to do so . . . Q. From Bryant Gumbel's own trivia store: First homer by a Montreal Expo (1969) was hit by a former Notre Dame kicker. Hint: D.M.