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Hoover steps down as HJC's softball coach

March 22, 1997

By BOB PARASILITI

Staff Writer

Hagerstown Junior College softball coach Wes Hoover has tendered his resignation just five games into the 1997 season and has been replaced by Brian Beck.

Hoover resigned on Tuesday after the Hawks played in the Charles County Tournament in LaPlata, Md. Beck, assistant coordinator of HJC's athletic complex, was named interim head coach for the rest of the season, according to athletic director Jim Brown.

"I'm stepping down for personal reasons," Hoover said. "I don't want to burn any bridges. I just decided to step aside. I should have done it after last year, because I was really frustrated."

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Brown declined to comment on Hoover's resignation, saying "We don't discuss personnel moves."

Hoover resigned abruptly after the Hawks (2-3) lost two of three games in the Charles tournament.

"I lost the fire for coaching the team," Hoover said. "I started out the season thinking I'd give it a try, but the fire just wasn't there. I don't want to go any further. I didn't do anything wrong ... nothing can change the situation."

Beck, who served as tournament director for this weekend's NJCAA Women's Division II national championship, is currently with the Hawks on their weekend trip to a mixer tournament in Louisburg, N.C.

"I still wish the team luck," Hoover said. "I'm behind them 100 percent. I still hope they win the championship."

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