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Mummert, Barnhart step down from posts

March 22, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

Walkersville boys basketball coach Mike Mummert and Catoctin coach Chris Barnhart matched family priorities against coaching jobs in one final contest this month.

The final score: Family, 2-0.

Citing needs to spend more time at home, Mummert stepped down Monday after eight years as the Lions' varsity coach. Barnhart made the decision to walk away about three weeks ago.

- Mummert has a 9-year old son, Collin, and a 5-year-old daughter, Eliza. Collin plays youth soccer, basketball and baseball, while Eliza participates in dance, soccer, field hockey and softball, with horseback riding possibly on the horizon.

Mummert was an assistant coach on Collin's basketball team, but missed several nights while coaching Walkersville.

"I'd be sitting at a lot of away games thinking, 'I'm sitting with somebody else's kids, and I should be coaching my own kid,'" Mummert said. "That's how I knew.

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"There were a lot more conflicts this year than I have had in the past. I said I'd always know when it's time (to step down) by the amount of conflicts, and I had them this year more than ever."

Mummert, who has been part of the Lions' program for 19 years and also coached the freshman and junior varsity teams, compiled a 288-117 record overall - 122-88 as the varisty coach.

"I haven't been off for a Christmas holiday or a Thanksgiving since fifth grade," Mummert said. "I've always been involved with basketball. It's going to be different."

- Barnhart served as Catoctin's head coach for the last seven seasons and was part of the program for the last nine.

The Cougars finished 4-19 this past season, including 2-16 in the MVAL - but Barnhart said that had nothing to do with his decision to step down.

"I've gone through how many losing seasons?" Barnhart said. "That wasn't a major issue at all. It's just the time. It's every day there's something going on. There's no off-season. I felt I couldn't give it that time anymore. I wanted to do it right, but I can't give that time."

Under Barnhart, Catoctin has started basketball camps in the spring as well as a summer league.

"A lot of good things we've accomplished," Barhnart said.

Barnhart, who will continue to coach the Cougars' golf team, plans to give more time to both his family and his church.

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