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By RYAN VANDERSLOOT

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York Catholic High School graduate Kady Schrann, seen here during her playing days at Vanderbilt University, has transferred to Florida Gulf Coast

York Catholic High School graduate Kady Schrann, seen here during her playing days at Vanderbilt University, has transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University. (PHOTO COURTESY OF VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY)

Injuries are part of the risk of playing a sport.

One never knows when a freak play, a tough pivot or a mere accident may occur that turns a player’s path upside down.

Such was the case for former York Catholic basketball standout Kady Schrann. Highly coveted by many NCAA Division I universities during her time with the Fighting Irish, Schrann settled on Vanderbilt.

During her first year at Vanderbilt, things seemed on track. Schrann’s playing time was growing and she was turning into a valuable asset for the Commodores on the court. She was even named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team.

Then the dreaded injury bug hit. An ankle injury — the first of many as it would turn out — occurred just before her sophomore season and set off a domino-like effect. Never one to quit on her team, Schrann played through the injury as best as she could, but she never fully recovered. She spent considerable time away from her teammates while rehabbing her injuries.

As it turned out, those hours came at a cost to her level of enjoyment. On the court, she was no longer the happy young woman with a smile on her face — a vision many York Catholic fans can remember. Something had to change.

That something came about earlier this year. Schrann began the process of seeking out a fresh start at a new school in February. Looking to rekindle her excitement, Schrann stumbled upon exactly what she was looking for while watching an NCAA tournament game between Florida Gulf Coast and Oklahoma State in March.

While the No. 12-seeded Eagles couldn’t quite pull off an upset that day, Schrann knew that FCGU was the place she wanted to be. So she began the process of transferring and finally made it official in early June, when she officially enrolled at FGCU.

With the ankle injuries finally behind her, Schrann’s enjoyment on the court is again off the charts. She is eager to do her part for an Eagles squad that finished 26-8 last year, including a 17-1 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

We caught up with Schrann recently for this edition of Sports Q&A.

Q: What were the major factors in your decision to leave Vanderbilt for Florida Golf Coast University?

A: The major factor in my decision … was my level of happiness. From my freshman year to my sophomore year I was enjoying everything I was doing. Then when I got hurt and it set me apart from the team. … My sophomore year I played hurt and then my junior year, after surgery, I finally felt 100 percent. However, the happiness I used to feel with the people surrounding me was gone and I knew I needed to take charge and change something.”

Q: When did you decide to transfer?

A: “I decided to transfer close to the end of my junior year, before the season was over sometime around February.”

Q: How did you find out about FGCU?

A: “I found FGCU after I narrowed my search down to a school in the south. I knew I did not want to go further north than my house in Pennsylvania and I did not want to go west. I started to look in Florida and saw FGCU play against Oklahoma State in the NCAA tournament. Although they lost, the team looked like they were having so much fun and played with so much passion.”

Q: Were there any other schools you considered?

A: “I also considered James Madison.”

Q: How did your family feel about the transfer?

A: “They just wanted me to be happy. They saw the change in me and knew that whatever decision I made was going to be the right one. They supported me every step of the way.”

Q: How did your coach and teammates at Vanderbilt feel?

A: “My teammates wanted what I thought was best for me, although it was sad to leave. My coaches wanted me to do what was best for me as well.”

Q: When did you actually enroll and become a student at FGCU?

A: “I became a student the first week of June.”

Q: What is your role expected to be when you regain your eligibility for the 2015 season?

A: “It will be whatever Coach (Karl) Smesko needs. I may be point guard and I may be a shooting guard. I know he will put me in a position where I will be able to help the team as much as I can.”

Q: With the one-year transfer rule forcing you to have to sit out next year, what will you be doing in that time?

A: “I will be working on learning the offenses and defenses of the team. I will continue to work on getting stronger and working on my shot at the same time. I will also be cheering the girls to victory during workouts, practices and games.”

Q: And how tough do you think that will be for you to be unable to compete for a whole season?

A: “I think it will be pretty tough, but I had a glimpse of the feeling when I had to sit out most of my sophomore year. It will be a challenge, but I will do all that I can to help the team, whether it be through preparing them in practice or simply cheering my heart out on the bench.”

Q: That said, how excited are you about the transfer and why?

A: “I am very excited because it is something new and it was a decision I made based on what I wanted. So far I have been here for three weeks and each day I get happier and happier with my decision.”

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By STEVE HEISER @ydsports/505-5446

Ben Kline

Ben Kline (John A. Pavoncello)

Ben Kline’s injury-plagued career at Penn State has apparently hit another painful roadblock.

According to the website Lions247, which covers PSU football, the Dallastown High School graduate has a torn Achilles tendon that occurred during a summer workout on Tuesday.

Go here for the full Lions247 report.

If the report is true, Kline will likely miss significant time.

The redshirt junior was expected to compete for a starting linebacker job this season.

Kline has battled injuries during his career in Happy Valley.

Last season he struggled with shoulder and pectoral injuries and saw action in six games, including two starts. He tallied 18 tackles, nine of them solo shots. He missed the last three games of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle in Penn State’s 24-10 loss at Minnesota on Nov. 9.

He did not see contact action in spring practice.

Kline is president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter. During a stop in York in May, new PSU head coach James Franklin heaped praise upon Kline.

“I’ll tell you this. He hasn’t done anything athletically since we’ve got there, but Ben Kline has a presence,” Franklin said. “He’s a tremendous leader. He’s respected unbelievably by his teammates. He’s involved with every aspect of community service that you could possibly be involved in. He took a trip down to D.C. (for Rare Disease Awareness Day in the winter). He does everything. Every time I’m on Twitter he’s doing something in the community.”

Franklin has a policy of not commenting on player injuries. Jeff Nelson, the PSU assistant athletic director for communications, said he did not have any information on Kline’s reported injury.

In May, Kline was named to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy. First created in 2004 and named in honor of former University of Southern California defensive back Ronnie Lott, the IMPACT trophy is given to college football’s defensive player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. He was one of 42 players named to the preseason watch list for the award.

Kline, a finance major, owns a 3.85 grade-point average and last fall was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second straight year.

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is a York High graduate. He’s very upset with one of his standout players, linebacker Daryl Washington,

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is a York High graduate. He’s very upset with one of his standout players, linebacker Daryl Washington, right now. Washington was suspended for the season for a drug violation. (RICK SCUTERI — The Associated Press)

TEMPE, Ariz. — Expressing “extreme” disappointment in Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he won’t talk again this season about the standout inside linebacker, who has been suspended a year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

“He made a choice and we’re all living with it,” Arians said in his first public comments since the suspension was announced last week.

The coach, who is a York High graduate, said he “obviously hopes Daryl gets his life straightened out.”

“But he also was very unaccountable,” Arians said, “to his teammates, the organization, the fans and everybody else.”

The coach spoke after the team resumed volunteer organized team activity Monday.

Washington, who says the punishment was for marijuana, also was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. He faces further potential punishment from the league following his guilty plea to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

The loss of Washington leaves the Cardinals without the two dynamic inside linebackers who were the core of the team’s strong defense a year ago. Karlos Dansby, the Cardinals’ leading tackler last season, signed a free agent contract with Cleveland.

Second-year player Kevin Minter, who played one defensive snap as a rookie, already is penciled in as Dansby’s replacement. Larry Foote, signed as a free agent, will be a candidate to take Washington’s place, at least part of the time.

Lorenzo Alexander, who started at outside linebacker before going down with a foot injury three games into last season, will move inside, a position he has played before and says he loves. Kenny Demens, on the practice squad last season, is another possibility, and the team is looking to sign others.

“It’s not imperative but we still would like to have some depth because we’re short now going into camp,” Arians said. “We’d like to have seven inside linebackers go to camp, so we’ll see what’s available and pursue it from there.”

Asked if someone could be signed and become a starter, Arians said, “He’d have to earn it. If there’s one available that could do that, I’d like to have him.”

Alexander said the Cardinals still have the outstanding defensive front that was largely responsible for the success of the inside linebackers.

“All those guys were taking a block to allow D-Wash and Karlos do what they’re going to do,” he said. “So I don’t see why that’s going to change and allow us to run for the ball. … Obviously they’re good players but it was a collective team effort that enabled them to have those type of plays and impact in games.”

Quarterback Carson Palmer said an improved offense should help offset the impact of losing Washington.

“We have to step up,” Palmer said. “When you lose a guy like Daryl and you lose Karlos to free agency, Tyrann (Mathieu) is not going to be back probably as fast as we’d like, you kind of have to transform. That’s the NFL. … Offensively we have to pick up a ton of slack. We leaned on the defense a lot last year and we expect to be leaned on this year. We need to come through and we will come through.”

Palmer said the players need to support Washington “and love him and try to be there for him through this phase.”

He said Washington needs to keep preparing as a football player through his suspension and “stay away from bad people and bad places.”

“Don’t just sit back and relax and wait ’til next year,” Palmer said, “because the game can pass you by.”

He said the Cardinals players would welcome Washington back “with open arms.”

“I think this locker room understands guys make mistakes,” Palmer said. “Some mistakes are more detrimental than others and hurt you more than others … I can’t wait to see him. I know he’s been through a lot and there’s been a lot of crazy things but this locker room will give him a hug, welcome him back and be glad to see him back.”

Washington’s’ experience has been an example to the team’s younger players.

Minter has watched what has happened with eyes wide open.

“It’s like man,” he said. “I’d better not mess up.”

York Dispatch Staff Report

Susquehannock High School graduate Troy Miller was named an All-Commonwealth Conference Honorable Mention selection in baseball.

Miller, a junior second baseman at Stevenson University, earned his first career honor, leading the team with a .316 batting average and 37 hits. He ranked second on the team with 20 runs and seven doubles. Miller tied for first with nine multi-hit games and has an 11-game hit streak.

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Central York High School graduate Megan Lundy, a sophomore at Shippensburg University, was named Thursday afternoon to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 2 Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team for NCAA Division II athletics.

Lundy is majoring in early childhood education (PreK-4) and has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average through 60 credits of coursework.

A 400-meter specialist, Lundy was a national qualifier both indoors and outdoors — earning All-America honors (eighth place) indoors and placing 11th outdoors despite running another personal-best time in prelims. She is the first and only women’s athlete in school history to earn All-America honors in the 400 meters.

In Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships competition, Lundy won both the conference indoor (56.45 seconds) and outdoor (:55.17) titles while also anchoring victorious 4×4 relays indoors (3:54.48) and outdoors (3:47.18). Both indoor performances resulted in all-region accolades.

Her 400-meter preliminary qualifying time of :56.34 seconds (:55.61 converted) at the NCAA Championships established the current school record, breaking her own mark set at the conference championships.

Lundy was named the 2014 PSAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in late March. The conference has not yet announced its outdoor award winners.

Through two years, Lundy is already an eight-time PSAC place-winner and six-time PSAC champion while qualifying for three NCAA Division II Championships.

 

By JOHN WALK

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Brandon Hohenadel is pictured with some of his sports items — a snow board and an autographed photo of his favorite coach, Villanova

Brandon Hohenadel is pictured with some of his sports items — a snow board and an autographed photo of his favorite coach, Villanova University’s Jay Wright — at his Lower Windsor Township home. The Eastern York High School graduate has been battling leukemia. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
Lisa Hohenadel wears a Brandon’s Battle Foundation shirt. Her son Brandon, an Eastern York High School graduate, has been battling leukemia. The

Lisa Hohenadel wears a Brandon’s Battle Foundation shirt. Her son Brandon, an Eastern York High School graduate, has been battling leukemia. The foundation is a fund-raising group. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

For nearly five months last year, Brandon Hohenadel was confined to a room at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

In the times between receiving chemotherapy treatments, attempting to rid his body of acute myeloid leukemia, Hohenadel didn’t have much else to do.

Brandon’s mom, Lisa, who works in the payroll department for the Eastern York School District, felt something more could be done to boost the spirits not only of her teenage son, but of the many other patients at the medical center.

“I just decided kids laying up in that hospital, there’s nothing to do,” Lisa Hohenadel said. “They have volunteers of people coming around giving you snacks and drinks. There’s still a lot more hours in the day.”

So a little more than a year ago, Lisa Hohenadel decided to launch a non-profit whose goal is to deliver goody bags to patients filled with more than just snacks. She titled the non-profit in her son’s name: Brandon’s Battle Foundation.

“We have puzzles, stickers, paintings, wind chimes for parents and lotions,” Lisa Hohenadel said of the goody bags. “Just something for the kids and parents to do. Something to talk about, because it’s a long day. When I decided to do this foundation I wanted to do something for him (Brandon), just to boost his spirits, even if it’s just for an hour a day.”

Through donations at brandonsbattle.com and hard work put in by students at Eastern York High School raising money by selling T-shirts and wristbands, the foundation has raised more than $5,000 thus far. And coming up next month at Cool Creek Golf Club in Wrightsville, golfers will have the chance to play the sport they love while giving toward the foundation.

The foundation is holding a tournament at the golf course on the morning of June 28 and is aiming for up to 28 teams to participate. Teams will be composed of four players and the cost is $280 per team, which includes golf carts, a catered meal and prizes. Just five teams have signed up so far, according to Jody Grim, who is organizing the tournament. There’s also opportunities for companies to sponsor a golf cart. All proceeds from the tournament will go toward the Brandon’s Battle Foundation. If interested, golfers can register for the tournament at brandonsbattle.com or call Grim at 965-2127.

Brandon’s battle: Although he lost all of his short, brown hair and about 40 pounds, Brandon’s chemotherapy a year ago was successful, putting his cancer in remission just in time for him to attend graduation at Eastern York High School. But he fell ill last November. And a scrape of his bone marrow in January, just a week before he was set to begin classes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, revealed the leukemia had returned.

The only option at that point for Hohenadel would be to receive a bone marrow transplant from a donor. It would be another two months of chemotherapy before he had the transplant on March 21.

“It’s not like a typical transplant,” Hohenadel recalled during an interview at his home earlier this month. “Normally you think of surgery. It’s just getting a bag of blood. It’s a blood transfusion. Lasts for about 15 minutes.”

The greatest chance of health complications for patients who receive a bone marrow transplant are usually within the 100 days of the transplant because the immune system is still very weak. As a result, doctors typically recommend to patients like Hohenadel to stay at home over those 100 days in order to avoid being around people and getting sick.

But Brandon has tried to live as normal a life as possible.

“I can tell my condition has improved from playing a lot of basketball,” he said. “I can go outside and I don’t even get winded from shooting. And I was playing three-on-three the other day with my friends and stuff like that.”

Basketball: Hohenadel once played on the freshman boys’ basketball team at Eastern, but quit after that season because he didn’t enjoy coaches using him as the “big man” in the low post, a result of being taller than most players as a freshman at 5-feet, 11-inches tall.

Hohenadel’s love for basketball has remained, though. It helped him in his recovery last year from chemotherapy and this year from the bone marrow transplant. He spent some of his free time watching his favorite college teams (Villanova and Syracuse) and pro team (Oklahoma City) on TV.

Future: Brandon had his first health scare since the transplant when his body temperature skyrocketed to 103 degrees on the night of May 23. Fortunately it was a minor virus. He stayed at Hershey Medical Center over that weekend and returned home the afternoon of Memorial Day.

If all goes well and he returns to full health, Hohenadel is hoping to begin classes in the spring semester of 2015 at IUP, where he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in sports administration.

“I want to be a (sports) agent eventually,” he said. “So I’m going to try to get involved with an organization and work my way up.”

For more information on the golf tournament, visit brandonsbattle.com.

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

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One of the premier events on local road-racing calendar is coming up this weekend.

The sixth annual Bob Potts Marathon is set for a 6 a.m. start on Sunday.

The event, which annually attracts about 400 runners, is already sold out and registration is closed.

The course begins and ends at York College’s Grumbacher Center, but the majority of the race is run on the York Heritage Rail Trail. An army of more than 200 volunteers are expected to help with the event.

The Bob Potts Scholarships are directly supported by the marathon. There are two $1,000 scholarships given to York County cross-country runners. The event also helps support the maintenance of the Rail Trail.

The event is named after one of the original members of the York Road Runners. Bob Potts died while running a triathlon in 2005 in New Jersey. His son, Sean Potts, is the race director.

The flat nature of the course makes it a favorite for runners hoping to earn a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.

The course records for the Potts Marathon were both set in the first year, 2009. For the men, the record is held by Chuck Engle at 2 hours, 41 minutes, 35 seconds. The female record is 3:00.27 by Terri Rejimbal, who will also run in this year’s race.

The event will also feature entertainment. Kayla Kroh will perform at Hanover Junction from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., and Leah Burkey will play at the finish area from 10 a.m. until noon. Both artists will sell CDs and sign autographs.

For more information, visit bobpottsrun.com.

 

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Red Lion High School graduate Morgan McLaughlin recently participated in the Women’s Division II National Rugby Final Four in Stanford, Calif., with

Red Lion High School graduate Morgan McLaughlin recently participated in the Women’s Division II National Rugby Final Four in Stanford, Calif., with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The IUP team finished third. (SUBMITTED)

Morgan McLaughlin recently had a decision to make.

A very difficult decision.

She could celebrate years of hard work in the classroom and attend her college graduation ceremony, or she could try to win a national rugby title.

McLaughlin, after due deliberation, chose the latter course, and even though her Indiana University of Pennsylvania team fell short of winning the Women’s Division II National Championship, the 2009 Red Lion High School graduate has no regrets.

“All of the seniors on the team got together and talked about it and we decided we were going to play rugby on the graduation date (Saturday, May 10),” she said. “We walked out onto the field like we were walking out for graduation.”

Of the 10 seniors on the IUP team, eight elected to play rugby, while the other two opted for graduation.

The storybook ending, of course, would have had IUP winning the national crown, but that’s not the way real life usually works. The Crimson Hawks lost in the national semifinals on May 10 in Stanford, Calif., to Cal State-Northridge, 15-10.

They bounced back the next day, however, to win the third-place match over Florida International, 19-17. In that game, McLaughlin, who plays fullback, scored a try and made the extra kick with about five minutes left to win it for IUP. A try is worth five points and the kick is worth two points.

“Our first match was very close, a very tough loss,” the 22-year-old McLaughlin said. “We went on to Sunday to win the bronze, which was a great accomplishment.”

IUP made it to the Final Four by finishing 7-0 in the Allegheny Rugby Union, which includes schools such as Slippery Rock, West Virginia, Clarion, Juniata, Grove City, California (Pa.) and Pitt. That got the Hawks to the Sweet 16, where they won two matches to advance to Stanford. It was the first time that McLaughlin and her teammates have advanced that far.

McLaughlin, who played soccer in high school, got hooked on rugby when started at IUP. She and a friend signed up and she quickly became enamored with the sport.

“We wanted to try something different and we loved it,” McLaughlin said of the sport, which she described as a mix between soccer and football. “I like how physical it is and how it bonds us all together. My team is my family, it’s where I met all my friends at school. It’s such a different sport. It’s nothing like what I was used to playing. It was a great experience.”

Part of that bonding comes from the fact that rugby at IUP is a club sport, not a university sport. That means the IUP rugby team has to raise its own funds to pay its bills. Each team member must pay dues each semester, and the team also holds fund raisers, such as bake sales and car washes.

There’s also no paid coach. Instead, the team’s elected captains lead practices. McLaughlin has been an IUP captain for each of the past two seasons.

McLaughlin, who is known for her speed, may enjoy the physical aspect of the sport, but it can also take its toll. She suffered a concussion during the Sweet 16. Since the school does not sponsor the sport, she had to return home to seek medical care in the emergency room. But it still couldn’t keep her out of the Final Four. She also has some knee problems from her soccer days.

“When I play, I don’t even notice it,” she said of her knee issues. “I just play through it. It’s such an emotional sport. It’s hard to explain. It’s indescribable. The knees don’t bother me on the field, only off the field.”

The emotion was evident in McLaughlin’s raspy voice after the Final Four.

“I always lose my voice after I play,” she said. “But I’m also sick. But I’m emotional on the field.”

McLaughlin said her parents were little leery when she took up rugby, but that they quickly warmed up to it.

“My mom was definitely nervous” she said. “But they know how much I love it and they came up to support me at my games and even came to California. In the end, they loved it, too.”

Now McLaughlin is about ready to embark on her career after college. She has a nursing degree and hopes to land a job in maternity nursing, once she finishes a clinical stint this summer at Johnstown Hospital.

But she’s not done with rugby just yet.

Her performance this season caught the attention of national rugby officials and she’s been invited to participate in a camp run by USA Rugby in Virginia from June 5-8. If she performs well there, she could be selected for the women’s national team.

“I always wanted to play in a women’s league in the future,” she said. “It’s awesome that I got a chance in this camp. It’s definitely something big.”

Making the national team would be icing on the cake for McLaughlin.

Rugby is in her blood now. Four years of sweating, laughing and crying with your teammates, who just happen to be your best friends, will do that.

That’s why skipping her graduation ceremony turned out to be the right decision for her.

Even if she didn’t get to enjoy the storybook national championship ending.

— Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

By DAVID GINSBURG

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Susquehannock High School graduate Randy Edsall, right, fist-bumps Maryland offensive linesman De’Onte Arnett last season. Maryland begins Big Ten

Susquehannock High School graduate Randy Edsall, right, fist-bumps Maryland offensive linesman De’Onte Arnett last season. Maryland begins Big Ten play this season with a schedule that includes Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (PATRICK SEMANSKY — The Associated Press)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — As Maryland weighed the possibility of shifting from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten, athletic director Kevin Anderson asked Terrapins football coach Randy Edsall his opinion of the bold, ambitious move.

The Susquehannock High School graduate hesitated for about a second before responding.

“I told him we should jump at the opportunity,” Edsall said. “If we didn’t, we would be making a mistake.”

Maryland, a charter member of the ACC in 1953, made the move official in November 2012.

In just a few months the Terrapins will begin play in one of the most competitive and prestigious football conferences in the nation. The schedule includes Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State.

Edsall can hardly contain his excitement. Not only is he convinced that he’s the right coach to take the Terrapins on their historic journey, but he expects to win — immediately.

“The challenge is to try to prove people wrong, those people who don’t think we’re going to be able to be competitive from the get-go,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“Do we have as many quality student athletes as some of the people we’re going to play? Probably not, if you take a look at the rankings,” Edsall said. “But I know this: Our players are excited about what we have, and we’re going to prepare well.”

The 55-year-old Edsall experienced success as an assistant at Syracuse, Boston College, with the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars and at Georgia Tech before taking over as head coach at Connecticut in December 1998. There, he led the Huskies from Division-IAA to I-A, twice capturing the Big East title in addition to becoming the winningest head coach in school history.

Edsall then replaced Ralph Friedgen at Maryland — and started with a huge thud. His tough, disciplinary technique was not received well by the players, and the team’s 2-10 record in 2012 was deemed a disaster.

The Terrapins went 4-8 the following year, losing their final six games in a season made notable by the loss of four quarterbacks to injury. Last year, Edsall guided Maryland to a 7-6 finish that included a trip to the Military Bowl.

“I’m pleased with the progress that we’re making,” Edsall said. “The philosophy of the program, the team concept of what we wanted to establish when we got here, is working. We’ve basically built the house — we put the foundation in, now we’ve got the house up. What we’re going to continue to do is keep making it nicer on the inside and outside.”

The players have bought into Edsall’s leadership. The coach has gradually lightened his heavy-handed approach, and the results speak volumes.

“When you first come into a program, he had to be tough on us,” senior cornerback Jeremiah Johnson said. “If you allow too much leeway, then guys take advantage of it. The first thing you have to do is earn respect. That’s how he was. Since he’s been here, you can see he’s opened up and is more of a player’s coach.”

Anderson received no small amount of criticism for firing Friedgen, a Maryland alum who brought the program back into prominence. But Anderson saw Edsall turn tiny UConn into a powerhouse in the Big East, and believes Maryland will ultimately hold its own in the Big Ten.

“When I went through the hiring process, I saw that everywhere Randy’s been, he’s been successful and he’s built from within,” Anderson said. “He’s doing that right now. In intercollegiate athletics, you have to have a manager of academics and athletics — we’re talking about football here — and he’s definitely the right guy for the job.”

In his first season at Maryland, Edsall dealt with an exodus of disgruntled players. In his second and third seasons, injuries to key performers proved pivotal. But nothing has altered his well-conceived path.

“I didn’t come here to Maryland to make it a quick fix,” he said. “I’m a firm believer that you always want to come in and make the program better than what it was when you got here. In every situation I’ve been in as an assistant and a head coach, we’ve been able to do that. And it’s always been with a well-thought out plan, one that didn’t cut corners and one that ended up developing players the right way.

“I understand the trials and tribulations that you have to go through, and I understand the kind of people we’re going to need to compete for a Big Ten championship. And we’re working each and every day to acquire those pieces, and to continue to build the program.”

York Dispatch Staff Report

Delone Catholic High School graduate Andy O’Brien is the all-time leading scorer in York College history with 2,001 points.

Delone Catholic High School graduate Andy O’Brien is the all-time leading scorer in York College history with 2,001 points. (SUBMITTED)

Former men’s basketball standout Andy O’Brien has been selected to the York College Athletic Hall of Fame.

O’Brien will be the only member of the Class of 2014.

The Delone Catholic High School graduate is the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer with 2,001 career points. He averaged a school-record 19.8 points per game. He was a three-time first team All-Capital Athletic Conference selection and finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in the CAC men’s basketball record book.

“Thank you to York College, the athletic department, and most of all, Coach Jeff Gamber, for providing me an opportunity to be a student-athlete,” O’Brien said in a statement issued by the school. “I am humbled and honored to be inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame.”

O’Brien finished his career playing in 101 games with 87 starts. He was a 45.5 percent shooter from the field with 716 career field goals. He shot 37.3 percent from 3-point range, converting 205 3-point field goals in his career. O’Brien was 364 for 443 (82.2 percent) from the free-throw line in his career. He also pulled in 542 rebounds, dished out 340 assists and had 157 steals.

His biggest scoring year came as a junior, when he set a school record with 611 points in 27 games, helping the Spartans finish 21-6, including a 12-2 mark in the CAC.

“Andy was a great shooter,” Gamber said. “He could make the 3, had a terrific mid-range game and scored inside. This diversity in his game, coupled with his competitive drive, is why he is the best scorer in Spartan history. Andy opened the door for us to recruit York-area kids.”

O’Brien cherished the time he spent at York.

“This honor is shared with every teammate,” he said. “My fondest memories at (York) revolve around the experiences endured with the awesome friends I had met. Playing basketball and hanging out with my friends are memories I will never forget.”

O’Brien credits Gamber and former assistant coach Dean Gamber as being instrumental in his development as a player and a person.

“Coach Gamber and Dean are a huge part of my success,” he said. “Coach not only taught my teammates and me about basketball, but also about life. He created a positive environment where family and team were paramount. Coach mentored by example, and his passion, dedication, attention to detail, and desire to win was contagious.”

O’Brien and his wife Stephanie are expecting a baby in early May. That baby will push O’Brien’s official induction ceremony to May of 2015.


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