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Feb. 4, 2017 — Closing a seven-year loop

It was back in February 2010 when this site named Brooke Kuhl-McClelland, the legendary girls’ lacrosse coach at Ellicott City Mount Hebron (Md.), as Coach of the Decade for the 2000s.

But a series of missed opportunities, plus her departure from Mount Hebron, postponed the presentation of the physical award.

This evening, Kuhl-McClelland returned to her former employer for a ceremony inducting her into the Howard County Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

It’s been an eventful seven years for both Kuhl-McClelland and the world of girls’ high-school lacrosse. After the Hebron school district was cut in half for the new Marriotts Ridge High School, she left for a short stint at Brooklandville St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.).

And after her time at St. Paul’s, Kuhl-McClelland has opted to remain coach of the dance team at Columbia Hammond (Md.). It’s appropriate, given what she helped to give to the game of lacrosse.

During her decade at the Vikings’ helm, she wasn’t just known for taking on all opponents, but she was also known for the choreography of her team’s offense, as well as seeing that the players in the offensive set were accountable to each other to be open at certain times while running a particular pattern.

This site decided to make the trip down Route 99 for the ceremony. I’m holding her Hall of Fame plaque, but just to the left of it is the striped medallion for Coach of the Decade award.

We’ll try not to let seven years elapse before giving out the next one.



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