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HCC Begins Search

May 01, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Community College took a step closer to hiring a new men's basketball coach on Tuesday as the school's search committee began interviewing prospective candidates.

The committee had interviews scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday with an unspecified number of the 11 applicants to choose the replacement for longtime coach Jim Brown.

Brown announced his retirement as coach, athletic director and director of the school's recreation and athletic complex last month.

"The process is moving right along," said HCC's Director of Student Services Dave Cole, who is the head of the search committee. "Our group is together and working hard. We are getting the candidates in line and it has come up with some good questions to cover a lot of different areas."

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At the end of the interviewing process, the committee will meet and make a recommendation to HCC Dean of Students Carl Galligan. Cole said HCC and the committee hope to end the process Friday.

"We said last week we were going to take a pretty aggressive approach," Cole said. "Everyone is in here and has locked arms to get it done."

The search committee consists of seven people, representing HCC's administration, faculty, sports staff, boosters and the community. The 11 applicants are the result of a local advertising campaign in The Herald-Mail along with publications in Frederick, Md., Martinsburg, W.Va., and Chambersburg, Pa.

Cole said the interviews cover a "wide range," including local applicants and a some living outside the area.

"The questions we are asking concern game management, recruiting, academics and the programs the coach will have to help the athletes once they leave HCC and fund-raising," Cole said. "There are a lot of areas of importance that are being identified."

Hiring a new coach was the top priority, ahead of a new athletic director and complex supervisor.

"Our concern is recruiting," Cole said. "We want the players who are waiting to know where we are going."

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