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Satisfied with his work, Myers retiring from HCC

January 08, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Bo Myers has a sense of timing.

He has an inner clock, an uncanny ability to tell when he should enter, how long he should stay and when it’s time to go.

Myers’ alarm just went off.

The longtime coach and educator has decided to call it a career, announcing that he will be stepping down from his dual position as Hagerstown Community College’s head of the Physical Education and Leisure Studies Division and its athletic director after seven years on June 30.

“I’ve always tried to go to places that need help,” said Myers, 64. “Once I get things working, I need to go on to find new challenges.”

That alone says a lot about Myers’ stay at HCC. He returned in 2006 to the college where he had taught, coached and served as a department head 18 years earlier before taking leave to work in the area’s public school systems.

HCC had two departments in flux when Myers was hired.

Now, six years later, he is confident he did what he needed to, making his December decision to leave much easier.

“I’ve got everything in place,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that everything was in great shape for whoever comes in to take over. I have a great staff and they all work together to keep things going. I think this is a good time to go.”

Myers came back to take the two jobs at a time when HCC’s programs seemed to be on a downswing.

He bolstered the academic side of the physical education and leisure studies and revived athletics to the lofty position it had been accustomed to during his first stint with the Hawks under former AD and basketball coach Jim Brown.

“When I got here seven years ago, I wanted to get athletics in a good spot and rebuild the physical education department,” he said.

“On every single level, I wanted to create a national program with class. In the last six years, we have won the (Maryland JuCo) Presidents Cup or been second for best program in our conference every year. Almost all of our programs have won region titles or they are on the precipice of that, so that makes it a good time to leave.”

During HCC’s transition years, Myers helped stabilize the basketball programs — hiring current men’s coach Barry Brown and bringing in former U.S. Olympian and Martinsburg, W.Va., star Vicky Bullett to lead the women’s program after the retirement of Marlys Palmer.

Nearly every sport has had a change in coaching. Also, the Hawks have made huge strides in their men’s soccer program while maintaining high standards in track & field, cross country, volleyball, softball and baseball.

Myers said no decisions have been made for naming his replacement as of yet. One of the concerns will be defining the position, because Myers actually is the head of two departments.

Myers will be stepping down after 37 years as an educator, but won’t be making the transition into full retirement just yet.

He will be able to spend more time with his wife Dixie, who retired from HCC last year – “it’s time to spend more time with my wife and the two dogs on the farm in Waynesboro.”

He plans to do some consulting, some coaching and some track officiating, but he also will be able to devote more time to another passion — coaching coaches.

For the last few years, Myers has worked with the United States Sports Academy and has spent summers in Thailand, working to help that country develop Olympic coaches and athletes. He said that the organization was waiting for him to have more time to work.

“It’s been wonderful and I’ve been fortunate to have this opportunity,” Myers said. “I had been at this great institution. It’s time to go. I’m 64 years old, but it’s not that time is of the essence. I just want to do new things.”

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