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One Prince George’s County private school filled two coaching vacancies for the upcoming fall sports season, while another private school will have a void to fill next spring.

Riverdale Baptist athletic director Terry Terrill announced last week that the Crusaders have hired Myron Garnes to take over as the boys soccer coach, while Darius Qualls will handle the coaching duties for the girls soccer team. Garnes takes over for longtime coach Bob Surette, while Qualls, a former men’s soccer coach at Prince George’s Community College, takes over for Stan Smith.

“I’m really happy with the two new coaches that we have,” Terrill said. “I can’t say enough about the job that Bob Surrette did for us over the years, but now with his daughter in her senior year at [Elizabeth] Seton, he wants to spend more time watching her play this season over there and I’m all in favor of that. Myron and Darius are both going to help us keep these programs going forward.”

Qualls has a trio of solid returning starters, including Christian Hardy, Kimberly McPhearson and Taylor Woods and expects to have a roster comprised largely of freshmen and sophomores. Garnes, who is the technical coach for the Patuxent Football Academy in Calvert County, will lean on returning sophomore Brandan Betz for goals and assists.

While Riverdale Baptist added two new coaches for the fall, Bishop McNamara is going to have to find a replacement for Larry Prange, who stepped down as the school’s baseball coach after seven seasons. Prange, a 1981 Potomac High graduate who spent 20 seasons as an assistant coach at DeMatha, had guided the Mustangs to two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship round appearances.

“I really enjoyed my days at McNamara,” said Prange, who is now focusing his time as the coach of the Mariacci Stars (VA), a travel team consisting primarily of players who have either signed or verbally committed to colleges. “We had a lot of great games and we got to the WCAC championship twice. I wish the outcome of those games had been a little different, but we played with a lot of pride and did a lot of good things for McNamara.”

Prange had also been the Greenbelt American Legion Post 136 coach for nine seasons, leading that squad to three Maryland State Championship berths and one title in 2002. Those summer days in the Greenebelt dugout enhanced Prange’s appreciation for top quality baseball and taking over the Stars has been a pleasant surprise.

“Coaching those guys is like a dream job for me,” Prange said. “It’s a great organization and they do everything first rate. I love watching guys play baseball at a high level and these guys certainly do that. I’m already looking forward to next summer.”

tblack@gazette.net