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Coaching changes in county

Seman named South coach; Mowbray goes back with 'Cats

Seman named South coach; Mowbray goes back with 'Cats

September 30, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Washington County has two new boys basketball coaches for the 2004-05 season who are both ready to get things in gear when practice begins Nov. 15.

Dennis Seman, 34, was hired at South Hagerstown to replace Bob Starkey, who moved on to Jefferson High School in West Virginia. Meanwhile, Williamsport has tabbed Scott Mowbray, 41, to succeed Deron Crawford, who accepted an administrative post in the Washington County school system.

Seman comes to South with nine years of head coaching experience in Virginia before spending last year as an assistant coach to Todd Bono with the Frederick Community College women's team.

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Bono was Seman's assistant coach at Northampton (Va.) High School and was a major reason for Seman to move to the region. He has spent the last two years teaching English at Walkersville High School.

"When I left Northampton in 1997, Todd and I agreed that if we could ever get together coaching again, we would, and that's how I ended up at FCC," Seman said. "But, as unusual as it sounds, I'm able to spend more time with my family coaching high school."

His family includes a son, 4, and daughter, 2, along with his wife, Katherine, who has been South's band director since March.

"I saw South play in the state tournament last season and was impressed with their style of play," Seman said. "Other than that I know nothing about them and who is coming back. This will be the first time I've gone into a job knowing nothing about a team ... all positions will be open to everyone."

After spending four years as a student-graduate assistant at Loch Haven (Pa.) University, Seman coached at Northampton for three years, followed by two-year stints at Orange County, James Monroe and North Stafford, all in Virginia. He was the girls coach at James Monroe.

"I want my team to have two goals - being a family and to have a passion for basketball," Seman said.

While Seman will be new to the area scene, Mowbray is not.

A Williamsport High School and Frostburg State University graduate, Mowbray began his coaching career with a six-year stint with Williamsport's junior varsity before becoming the head position at Clear Spring, where he was 57-57 in five seasons. He has spent the last eight years as an assistant coach under Cokey Robertson at St. Maria Goretti.

"Everyone has a dream of returning to their alma mater one day," Mowbray said. "The program always meant something to me when I was with coach (Kevin) Murphy. I want to come back and return the program to what it once was, when Williamsport was going to College Park."

Mowbray has had the opportunity to coach a brand of basketball within the public school sector and another style at Goretti in the tough Baltimore Catholic League.

"Under Coach Murphy, I learned a lot about the halfcourt tempo and then with Coach Robertson learning a full court offense," Mowbray said. "I want to bring both to the table with structure and discipline. It will be a challenge to try and bring back the tradition. Coach Murphy was fabulous and if I can do half the job he did we will be successful."

Their debuts will come in December, as Seman and the Rebels will host Allegany on Dec. 10 while Mowbray and the Wildcats will entertain Hancock on Dec. 11.

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