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2008 Spring Training: Lake Braddock Softball

<b>Coach: </b>George Rumore, first season

<b>2007 Record:</b> 8-11

<b>Key Players:</b> P Ashley Beveridge, JR; P Hanna Joseck, SO; C Carmine Cuda, JR; SS Kelly Simons, SO; 3B Kirsten Neubauer, JR.

<b>Quotable: </b>“They all have a lot of ability. It is going to be fun coaching these guys because they are all very talented and they all have a great attitude.” – Lake Braddock head coach George Rumore

<b>Outlook:</b> Bruins’ head coach George Rumore may be in his first year as the Lake Braddock softball skipper, but Rumore is far from a novice on the diamond in Northern Virginia. Rumore, who recently coached softball for two years at Wakefield and three years at McLean, has coached in the area for 30 years. Rumore has coached baseball at Bishop O’Connell, coach in the Clark Griffith league and coached Legion baseball. Rumore has also coached with the Vienna Stars fast-pitch softball team and even created his own team, the Northern Virginia Patriots.

The well-traveled coach stepped down from the head coaching position at McLean in 2006 and was ready to settle into an extended break from coaching high school – that is, until the Bruins’ post became open.

“I was determined that if I was going to coach again in high school, it was going to be somewhere close,” said Rumore. It turns out that Lake Braddock is right around the corner from where Rumore lives. In fact, both of Rumore’s daughters graduated from the Burke secondary school.

“It was close to home,” said Rumore, who advanced to the Northern region tournament in three of his five years at McLean and Wakefield. “I know everybody in the community.”

Rumore inherits a team that went 8-11 last year and failed to advance to the Northern Region tournament.

Rumore is impressed, however, in what he has seen from his squad, which includes five freshmen.

“They all have a lot of ability. It is going to be fun coaching these guys because they are all very talented and they all have a great attitude,” he said.