Hubs' McNamee steps down

North basketball coach resigns after 25 years at alma mater

North basketball coach resigns after 25 years at alma mater

September 25, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

As head boys basketball coach at North Hagerstown, Tim McNamee has had a front-row seat for the last 25 years.

When the 2007-08 season begins in December, McNamee will be watching basketball from a different seat after submitting his resignation last week.

North athletic director Marcia Nissel confirmed Monday that assistant coach Kevin Hartman will become the Hubs' new head coach.

"It was an extremely tough decision that I've thought about for a long time," said McNamee. "I just thought it was the right thing to do right now. There isn't any one reason why ... maybe to get away, maybe not. During the (basketball season) there isn't a night you don't go to sleep or wake up thinking about your team and mentally it grinds on you a bit. At this point, maybe it got to me, maybe for a little while."

McNamee, 53, spent five years as an assistant coach at North before succeeding Bob Beard.


McNamee steps aside with a 344-227 record, four MVAL Antietam Conference titles and one Maryland regional title.

"I've been blessed with great assistant coaches, particularly the present staff, and I would never leave if I didn't think this staff would carry on," said McNamee. "We have a great group of kids for the new coach with talent, and I hope they go to state. I'll be the first one there watching and be their greatest fan."

McNamee was a member of North's 1972 state championship team, but he says, "I was a role player and nothing more."

He played baseball under coach Jess Riegelman at Shepherd University, but still hung around the gym during basketball season. After college, he took an assistant coaching position under Ray Montini with the North football team, then assisted Chuck Zonis with the Hubs baseball team in 1978.

"Some pretty good coaches," said McNamee. "I probably learned more because I studied it more under them."

McNamee said he first got the coaching bug in high school - where he played for legendary coach Jim Brown - when he realized he wasn't going to go far as an athlete.

"I grew up in an athletic family and wanted to stay in it," he said. "I got the bug in my sophomore and junior years and knew I wanted to coach and teach.

"I learned something and stole something from all the coaches I've come in contact with, and it's a pretty impressive list (of coaches)," said McNamee.

McNamee said he never measured success by the number of wins and losses, which is the gauge used by so many to determine such success.

"I didn't pay attention ... my goal and our goal was to get the teams to play to their potential," McNamee said. "That being said, I think we've been a consistent program. We've always been in a tough region, but I've always been proud of the kids.

McNamee also said his wife, Lynn, tried talking him out of his decision.

"Coaches' wives are very special and (Lynn) does a lot of behind-the-scenes things," he said. "She's kept me semi-sane for four, five months out of the year."

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