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Kruger back in town

June 20, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

Maryland coach returns for Mid-Maryland camp

Maryland volleyball coach Janice Kruger isn't a Hagerstown native. In fact, Nebraska's not even close to here.

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Yet every summer, she comes to town for the Mid-Maryland Volleyball Camp at St. Maria Goretti High School as if she's returning to a class reunion.

"I get a lot of these girls (that are helping now) down at my camp," Kruger said Tuesday while watching several dozen students go through drills. "Some of the faces I really recognize. And it's fun to watch them grow up."

Kruger has been making the annual trip from College Park to the Hub City as many times as she can since she took over the Terrapins in 1988. Her western Maryland connection started then with former Williamsport star Kelli Myers and is carried on today with Smithsburg's Carey Brennan.

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"This camp gives girls a chance to really see other sports ... it's not just volleyball," Kruger said. "And Cokey (Robertson, Goretti athletic director and camp director) puts this all together for them. He does everything ... I don't think a lot of people realize that."

Kruger also realizes that volleyball in Washington County is no walk in the park - the county has two public school state champions and two state finalists in the past three seasons. Besides her own camp, this is usually the only other one she'll attend during the summers.

"You stay in here all day, and someone's always bouncing the ball or doing something," Kruger said. "These kids really enjoy the game at a different level."

Kruger said Brennan is staying in College Park this summer, working on her classes, lifting weights and getting ready for the next season, when "we'll need her to do as well or better than she did last season."

So Kruger tries to do the same thing with the kids here that she's doing with Brennan.

"We just try to have fun, teach them something in a way that mentally they'll get it," Kruger said. "When they do, their eyes just light up."

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