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HCC list at 11

School begins quest for its newest coach

School begins quest for its newest coach

April 25, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Over the years, the Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team has been known for putting on a press or two and relying on the fast break.

That's pretty much the philosophy the school's search committee will be taking in efforts to find a new coach for the program.

The U.S. Postal Service took care of the press by delivering 11 applications for the job. Now its up to the search committee, headed by HCC's Director of Student Services Dave Cole, to make a quick and thorough decision to fill the job.

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"The process has begun," Cole said. "The search committee is starting to meet to review the applicants and to see who we want to interview. They are also working on questions they would like to ask. It seems like a daunting task, but we'd like to be able to have a coach hired by (May 3)."

The search is on to replace longtime coach Jim Brown, who announced his retirement as HCC's coach, athletic director and athletic complex director on April 9. Brown's decision sent HCC into scramble mode to quickly find a coach.

"We are concerned about recruiting," Cole said. "We have a number of meetings scheduled, but we aren't hurrying through this thing. We want to get it done and get it selected though, because there are a number of recruits who are hanging around to see what we are going to do and we don't want to lose them."

The school advertised the coaching job immediately and separately from the other two positions.

Ads were placed in The Herald-Mail along with papers in Chambersburg, Pa., Martinsburg, W.Va., and Frederick, Md., to attract applicants before Monday's cutoff date.

Now the search committee, a seven-member group comprised of representatives from HCC's administration, faculty, sports staff and boosters along with members of the community, will begin to sift through the candidates. Most of the 11 candidates are in HCC's regional area or at the school, but a couple are from outside the advertised circle.

"When the shockwaves of the announcement went out, others found out," Cole said. "Coaches talk and they got the word out."

The search committee is as diverse as HCC would like its coach to be.

"We have a good collection of people," Cole said. "Many of them have knowledge in the area. We have people with coaching experience, others with academic concerns for the student-athletes, people who know about the nuts and bolts things it takes to be a coach that take you away from the job, like making a schedule or scheduling trips and we have people who help by donating money to the college."

Cole wouldn't divulge any of the candidates, nor would he say how many would receive interviews.

"I've been a member of several search committees and usually the cream rises to the top," Cole said. "We are going to look the applications over and there's a point where you know who are the ones you want to interview. We aren't going to say that we are going to interview three or five. We are just going to try and give everyone a fair and equal shot at the job.

"All that I'm comfortable saying is the process has begun, we plan on doing a thorough job and hope to have a coach by (May 3)."

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