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Fearnow inducted into Region XX Hall of Fame

December 19, 2003|by LARRY YANOS

larryy@herald-mail.com

Dr. C. Dennis Fearnow, who spent a number of successful years at Garrett Community College in McHenry, Md., has been inducted into the Region XX National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

He is the first person from the school, now known as Garrett College, to be afforded such an award.

"I'm very honored," the 61-year-old Maugansville resident said.

Fearnow was one of the first hires at the new Garrett Community College in 1971 and served as an associate professor, men's basketball coach, baseball coach and athletic director until 1985.

From 1993 to 2001, he was a professor in the Department of Education at Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

"I enjoyed my years at Garrett," Fearnow said.

At the induction ceremonies held at Hagerstown Community College, Fearnow was honored for his contributions to Garrett Community College as its first athletic director, men's basketball coach, and baseball coach and for his leadership in formulating policy and setting standards in the early years of Region XX.

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"I share this honor with the athletes and coaches who worked so hard in those early years to make Garrett Community College a first-class, winning program," Fearnow said.

Born and raised in Hagerstown, Fearnow attended St. Mary's School and St. Maria Goretti, where he played baseball and basketball. His high school coaches were Rome Schwagel and Russ Wiebel.

"I enjoyed participating in sports, yet I wanted to be an educator," Fearnow said. "At Garrett, I was able to be a teacher in the classroom and in athletics."

Fearnow graduated from Hagerstown Junior College and went on to complete his bachelor's and master's degrees at Bowling Green University and a doctorate at the University of Maryland.

Region XX is composed of 28 two-year colleges in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Joining Fearnow at the special ceremonies were fellow inductees Joe DeAntonio from Mount Aloysius College and Baltimore City Community College and Jack Manley from Catonsville Community College.

Also present were a number of Fearnow's former players, including Southern Garrett boys basketball coach Tom Bosley, current Garrett College coach Dennis Gibson and Don Douds, an instructor at Northern Garrett who had served as Fearnow's associate basketball coach.

"Coach Fearnow set high standards for us to follow," Bosley said at the ceremony.

Fearnow resides in Maugansville with his wife, Linda, and sons Steve and Brian.

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