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Bailey picked up indoors where he left off outdoors

March 25, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

John Bailey took over for Cindy Mease as Williamsport's head indoor track coach this winter and the perennial-power Wildcats showed no signs of weakness.

"With Coach Mease leaving, people might have thought things would be a little shaky, but it was a really good season," Williamsport senior standout Michael Lilley said. "Coach Bailey came in and nothing changed. The rules were the same, so were the expectations.

"He's just a really awesome coach. Everybody peaked at the right time."

Bailey was voted the Washington County indoor track coach of the year by the other county coaches.

The Williamsport girls won MVAL Antietam, Washington County, Maryland Class 1A West and state titles. The boys won conference and county titles, placed second in the region and finished third at states.

That's nearly identical to what the Williamsport teams accomplished last spring outdoors, where Bailey has been their head coach for several years.

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"There were a lot of little things I had to learn indoors, lots of things I never had to worry about, like scheduling, the order of events, the way meets are run," said Bailey, who previously had worked as an assistant indoors.

He credited assistant coaches Mike Taylor, Lily Prazenica, Taylor Oliver and Teresa Weaver for helping him catch on quickly.

"I walked into a good situation," he said. "With the help of those coaches, it was a no-brainer for me."

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