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Hutzell takes over as Clear Spring boys basketball coach

August 07, 2013

The boys basketball coaching fraternity in Washington County is back to full strength.

Following Ryan Grabill’s departure to Williamsport, Clear Spring had a void to fill and all it had to do was dip into the assistant ranks.

Athletic director Lisa Shives recently announced the hiring of John Hutzell, 34, as the Blazers’ new boys basketball coach.

A graduate of Allegany High School and Frostburg State University, Hutzell spent the last three years as an assistant to Grabill and also had been a JV girls assistant. Prior to his time at Clear Spring, he spent one year as a freshman coach at South Hagerstown when Dennis Seaman was the head boys coach.

“I love the kids here and the parents, and this is a great opportunity,” Hutzell said of his first head position. “I’ve had most of these kids as junior varsity players, and we played in the HCC summer league this year. I couldn’t be more happy.”

Hutzell will bring much of what his predecessor did — hard-nose ethics.

“We’ll be young, but we’ll have a hard-nosed, never-say-quit mentality and we’ll be in shape,” Hutzell said. “We’ll work hard and bust our tails.”

For the past nine years, Hutzell has been a special education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in the Frederick County school system working in residential treatment for those ages 13 to 21.

Hutzell, who lives in Charles Town, W.Va., also has had a canine training business with an associate for the last 15 years.

From home, that’s about a 130-mile round trip daily.

“I’m excited, the kids are excited and they’ll do anything we ask of them,” he said.

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