Griffith resigns as ice rink manager

January 07, 1998

Griffith resigns as ice rink manager


Staff Writer

The interim manager of the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex on Wednesday said he was resigning to take a job as an assistant pastor in Southern Maryland.

Michael Griffith said his last day on the job will be Tuesday. He is to assume his duties as assistant pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Charlotte Hall, Md., the following day.

Griffith was one of four finalists for the executive director post that was vacated when Walter Dill resigned on Oct. 15, said William M. Breichner, board chairman of the Washington County Sports Foundation. The nonprofit foundation operates the rink at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.


Board members are expected to select someone for the job in late January, he said.

Carl Langford, a part-time assistant manager, will be offered the job as the rink's interim manager, Breichner said.

The board will decide Langford's salary for the new position. Griffith's annual salary as interim manager would have been around $32,000, Breichner said.

"It's a terrific opportunity for me and my family," said Griffith, 33, of Hancock.

In addition to working with young adults and young married couples, Griffith said he will teach Bible courses at the Victory Christian Academy.

As a job benefit, Griffith's four children will attend the school for free, he said. The school has about 125 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The church has about 225 members, he said.

Griffith was a part-time youth pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Temple on U.S. 40 before taking the job as interim manager at the ice rink on Oct. 16.

He said he has a bachelor's of arts degree in Bible from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

When he took the job at the ice rink, Griffith had said he was seeking a job in the ministry.

"This was a good opportunity while we waited for something," he said.

"We appreciate Mike's services," Breichner said.

During his brief tenure, Griffith helped reduce costs and set up an accounting system, Breichner said.

The system allows employees to track how many people use the rink, how many pairs of skates are rented, and how much money is brought in at the pro shop, snack bar and front register, Griffith said.

In September, the month before Griffith started, the rink had a deficit of $19,000, Breichner said. The rink showed a profit of about $10,000 profit in December, he said.

Griffith did a cost analysis for the hockey program, helping institute price increases so the program will pay for itself, Breichner said.

Prices remain competitive and more people are using the rink, Griffith said.

Griffith had to deal with some difficult situations while manager, Breichner said.

Griffith said he was happy to help the foundation.

"I will miss this, some days. There are other days I won't miss," he said.

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