John Ricca, the athletic director and football coach at St. John's for 13 years, will step down next month from his role overseeing the school's sports program, a school administrator said yesterday. Ricca will remain the school's varsity football coach and will continue teaching physical education courses.

St. John's has decided to hire a full-time athletic director to oversee a program that has grown rapidly since the school went co-ed nine years ago, said President Brother Thomas Gerrow. In January, the school will open a new $3.5 million facility that will house a 300-seat gym, five locker rooms, a wrestling room, a weight lifting room, three offices and a conference room. The school's 1,200-seat basketball gym and fields also will be renovated.

Ricca will remain in the job until a successor is named.

Soccer All-Americans

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America this week honored five area high school players with selection to its all-America team. DeMatha senior All-Met Matt Oliver was one of only four defenders named nationally. Joining him on the boys team are senior All-Met forward Adom Crew of Maryland 3A champion River Hill and senior All-Met forward Abe Thompson of W.T. Woodson.

The girls team included Severna Park senior forward Holly Noga and Robinson graduate Kristin Wolfer, who just completed her first season at William & Mary.

Special correspondent Brian Straus contributed to this report.