Beck resigns as HCC athletic director

January 04, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Hagerstown Community College has launched a search for a permanent athletic director after the resignation of the department's three-year leader.

The men's and women's basketball teams take the court at the HCC athletic complex tonight for the first time since athletic director Brian Beck resigned. Jason Weddle, a Boonsboro High School graduate who has worked at the college for five years as a physical education instructor and athletic trainer, is serving as interim athletic director.

According to HCC spokeswoman Beth Stull, Beck resigned for personal reasons Dec. 22.

The college would like to find a permanent athletic director by summer or fall, Stull said Tuesday.

Weddle, who took over the position Dec. 23, said he reacted with "shock" when he learned of Beck's resignation. The two men had a "good working relationship," he said.

"I was in shock, it kind of caught me by surprise," Weddle said.

Messages left at a Waynesboro, Pa., listing for a Brian Beck were not returned Tuesday night.


According to Stull, Beck succeeded Jim Brown as athletic director in June 2002. The Herald-Mail has reported he began his career at HCC in 1995, working part time as a facility aide and physical education instructor. He was appointed assistant director of the athletic center in 1996, Stull said.

He also had coached the Hawks' softball team.

Beck was to be paid $54,492 during this fiscal year ending in June, Stull said. According to Stull, he was not under contract.

HCC President Guy Altieri and Dean of Students Donna Rudy did not return phone messages left at their offices Tuesday.

Mike Gehr, who is in his second year as HCC Hawk Booster Club president, said Tuesday he had not spoken with Beck since the resignation.

"I'm not sure what the circumstances were, so I don't know what the reasoning was, so we were certainly shocked because we thought he was doing a good job," Gehr said.

A former Boonsboro football and basketball player, Weddle, 30, has a master's degree in education with a concentration in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As interim athletic director, he will head up a department that includes about 10 staff members and 150 student athletes, he said.

He said he plans to continue serving as athletic trainer.

Negotiations about his compensation as interim athletic director had not been completed, Weddle said Tuesday afternoon.

A day before the Hawks were scheduled to return to the court, Weddle said he did not expect Beck's resignation to hurt the athletic department's long-term prospects.

"Once the initial shock wears off, I don't see it having much of an impact because like I said, we have a great staff in place, and we're going to continue to move forward," Weddle said.

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