Magruder's Dan Harwood, one of the Washington area's top boys' basketball coaches, has agreed to move from the Rockville public school to Good Counsel of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference -- but not until after the 2004-05 high school season.

Harwood, who has a 243-92 record in 14 years at Magruder -- including three region titles and a state title and All-Met Coach of the Year honors in 2001 -- will coach the Colonels for one more season. Good Counsel will play under an interim coach who has not yet been named. Tim McKenna, the Falcons' coach the last three seasons, resigned in late July.

Harwood, 46, said being able to stay one more year at Magruder was a critical factor in his decision. His oldest son, Patrick, who plays on the Colonels' varsity team, and his oldest daughter, Emily, both will be seniors at Magruder. He also said he did not want to resign so close to the start of the school year.

"Magruder's been great to me for 14 years," Harwood said, "and if I leave Magruder now, they're in a tough situation."

Magruder Athletic Director Karl Heimbach said he appreciated Harwood's request to stay another year. Good Counsel President Jack Graham acknowledged the arrangement was "unique," but said that the Wheaton school was willing to wait for Harwood. . . .

Howard County high schools will not be allowed to turn on their stadium lights until the county raises $125,000 to complete the funding for the $1.05 million project, Don Disney, the county's coordinator of athletics, said yesterday.

As many as six schools will have stadium lights installed by Sept. 25, and the remaining schools will be completed by Jan. 1. Construction will continue, Disney said, but school officials will not be allowed to operate the lights until all the money is raised.

-- Jake Schaller and Jon Gallo