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College must decide how to replace Brown, Brown & Brown

April 15, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Nobody really said it, but it might take three people to replace Jim Brown at Hagerstown Community College.

Brown retired on Tuesday as basketball coach, athletic director and director of HCC's athletic complex, all positions he has held for at least 14 years.

Because the demand of each job is increasingly demanding, HCC dean of students Carl Galligan said there is a chance of separating the positions. But out of the three, finding a new basketball coach tops the priorities.

"We will begin to look for a new coach immediately," Galligan said Tuesday after Brown's retirement announcement. "It's getting late in the recruiting season and we need to get somebody as quickly as possible."

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Men's basketball is considered the marquee sport for HCC. Brown built the program to its high-profile standing over his 23-year tenure.

"Ads will be going out in the region and we will close the application period on April 22," Galligan said. "From there, we will get the committee together to see if we can pick a coach. We want to get someone from the region who knows what this program is all about."

HCC placed ads in the newspapers in Martinsburg, W.Va., Chambersburg, Pa., Frederick, Md., and in The Herald-Mail. Galligan said he received some calls about the job after a story speculating Brown would retire appeared in Monday's Herald-Mail.

Galligan said the coaching search committee with be a diverse group, including members of HCC's faculty, administration and the booster club. HCC plans to continue to run a Division I program despite some unofficial talk that it may cut back on recruiting and fall to Division II.

"We are Division I, that's why recruiting is important," Galligan said.

Another factor is the arrival of Guy Altieri as the school's new president. Altieri might make recommendations for the running and spending habits of athletics.

Galligan said the search for the athletic director and ARCC director will be delayed while the school administration assesses whether it should be one job or two. The basketball coach will be a separate position.

"Filling the coaching position is upper most in our minds," Galligan said. "We hope to have some candidates from the region apply. You all know Jim's excellent coaching ability and as an educator he was always concerned about the students and maintaining the rules and regulations of the school. We are out to hire a coach and then we will take measured steps for hiring an AD and ARCC director."

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