by Lisa Tome
Sheriff Scott Adams has been playing golf for a quarter century.
When there was a chance that there would be no golf team at Rising Sun High School this year due to lack of coach, Adams signed on as a volunteer coach, assisting head coach Tim Kerns.
Adams’ son, Derek, is a senior and a member of the golf team. "I didn't want it (the team not to have a coach). I couldn't be the head coach, but I can help out when I can get there," said Adams.
Just down the road, DFC Stavros Plagianakos also chose this year to step up and help out. He signed on as the head coach of Perryville High's golf team.
That means that the deputy, Plagianakos, is coaching against his boss. Adams has coaching experience. He coached Little League for more than a dozen years.
"I greatly miss coaching. I just don't have time. It's busy in this job. But being the volunteer gives me a little flexibility. If I can't make it, Tim is there," said Adams.
Adams learned that Plagianakos would be coaching because the deputy took the matter to his supervisors when he was making the decision to take the coaching job.
"He knows the job comes first. But he has a great relationship with the kids at Perryville," said Adams.
Adams has been right where Plagianakos is now. Adams was a longtime school resource deputy working at Rising Sun High and its feeder schools. Plagianakos is a resource deputy at Perryville High and its feeder schools.
"My legacy before this (being sheriff) was working with kids. This is a good progression for him," said Adams.
"We have a friendly rivalry. I'm pretty competitive though," said Adams.
Plagianakos is the head coach at Perryville, sharing the job with Kevin Hoffman. The two men will split the $2,200 salary. Adams isn't getting paid to coach.
Plagianakos said he's enjoying his first coaching experience. "It's been pretty fun. I've been trying to give the kids tips. It's pretty challenging because they don't listen,” said Plagianakos. Adams laughed.
"I am coaching because the free golf was enticing. I've been golfing for a long time and it's nice to give back to the community. If one or two kids get better, then that's mission accomplished," said Plagianakos.
Both men are keeping tabs on each other's teams. They are watching the scores after matches. "We beat Perryville last year. Rising Sun won the county last year. Perryville was expected to win that," said Adams. They are aren't above good natured taunting.
Plagianakos may salute when he enters Adams' office, but says he's the better golfer of the two men.
"It's pretty tight. He's got to play really well to beat me. His son (Derek) is really good. He's beaten me a couple times," said Plagianakos.
The sheriff and Plagianakos have played golf together before - both in benefit tournaments and together with Derek.
"We go back and forth with winning. He (Plagianakos) would probably win now because he has more time to play golf," said the sheriff.
Their teams are set to match up on September 16. Plagianakos is ready. Adams told him last week that due to another commitment, Adams probably won't be able to be at that match.
"Golf is a great thing for young people. It teaches you discipline, mental discipline, sportsmanship, and life lessons," said Plagianakos.
"It's also very frustrating," said Adams.