Former McDonogh girls soccer coach Maurice Boylan Jr. described it as coming home when he learned he was named the new girls soccer coach at his alma mater, Dulaney, this week.
Boylan, a 1969 Dulaney grad, turned the McDonogh program into a perennial power, posting a 316-84-34 mark in 18 seasons before stepping down after the 2008 season.
He led the Eagles to three Catholic League championships in the 1990s and they reached the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title game the last two years he was coach.
After spending three years at McDaniel College as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team, the 66-year-old has been coaching youth soccer.
"We're super thrilled. He hasn't lost a beat and the fact he can come back home to Dulaney is a bonus for him and the community as well," said Dulaney director of athletics Richard Reed. "We couldn't be more excited."
Boylan was equally as excited to return to the high school mix at the place he went to school. He replaces Aaron Velkry, who spent three seasons as head coach and led the Lions to a 7-8 mark last year.
"I feel like I'm home again and it's a great feeling," said Boylan, who helped create the Lutherville-Timonium youth soccer programs. "No. 1, I graduated from there so that's huge — I'm all about the community being born and raised in Timonium.
"It's exciting. I've always enjoyed the high school kids and developing programs is my forte."