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Hartman, Scaggs join Washington County coaching fraternity

December 07, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Two of the newest boys basketball coaches in Washington County are at different ends of the spectrum when it comes to varsity experience.

Boonsboro's Dave Scaggs and North Hagerstown's Kevin Hartman will begin their varsity tenures tonight when the Warriors travel to meet St. Maria Goretti and the Hubs host Frederick.

"I thank the schedule maker for that (debut)," said Hartman of the tough opponent for his debut as successor to Tim McNamee. "Welcome to the new (Piedmont) conference."

Hartman is in his 10th year at North, working mainly as the junior varsity coach. It has given him ample time to learn from McNamee, who spent 25 years coaching the Hubs' varsity team.

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"Coach (McNamee) was always fair and consistent and the kids knew they had to perform in practice," said Hartman. "You always want to field a winner, but I learned from him that he puts kids on the court who did well in practice and wasn't always concerned with the game situation."

Hartman has an advantage with his new job since he is familiar with his players.

"That's an absolute positive having coached some of these kids for three, four years," said Hartman.

Hartman said his new job will force him to pay more attention to details and what makes his players click.

At Boonsboro, Scaggs returns to coaching while building on his Montgomery County resume.

It took Scaggs a little time, but he realized he missed being on the sideline.

He left teaching after 30 years in Montgomery County in 1999 to work for a former student until he retired in April. Scaggs realized his desire to coach again while rebuilding houses lost to Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi with his church.

"I thought I would check out Washington County, so I contacted (Washington County Schools director of physical education and athletics) Ed Masood to see if anything was open," said Scaggs. "He asked me, 'Are you sure?' and I said I was."

Masood held a similiar administrative position in Montgomery County when Scaggs coached boys soccer at Woodward High School. There, Scaggs had a 151-26-2 record and three Maryland state titles and three second-place finishes from 1974-86.

Before that, Scaggs coached boys varsity basketball at Blair from 1988-94.

"We had kids from Blair playing everywhere else, so we tapped into the magnet plan," said Scaggs. "We got the best players, made study halls mandatory, one thing led to another, and we were 90-20 when I was there. But it took a lot out of me. The only thing I regret was never making it to Cole (Fieldhouse for the state tournament)."

Scaggs, who will be an emerency teacher in the Washington County school system, said his biggest challenge "is to get everybody on the same page with his basketball philosophy."

Scaggs succeeds Sam Connelly, who led Boonsboro to a 14-9 record and a second-place finish in the Antietam Conference at 10-4, two games behind Williamsport.

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