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Girls Basketball: Malott steps down as Williamsport coach

August 20, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • After nine seasons as the Williamsport girls basketball head coach, Chris Malott has resigned from his position.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — First it was football, then boys basketball and now it’s girls basketball — Williamsport is in the market for another head coach.

Veteran Chris Malott, with nine seasons under his belt as the headmaster of the Wildcats girls basketball program, has decided to step down.

“I pulled the plug, it’s time to do it,” Malott said. “After 26 years, it’s time. I love coaching the kids at game time, but I hate the bus trips, especially to Carroll County.”

Malott has never been overly concerned about wins and losses. He doesn’t know his nine-year record at Williamsport and is not one who is going to recite a bevy of statistics to anyone off the top of his head.

“I’m more proud of the kids that have gone on and become teachers, pharmacists, onto career jobs,” Malott said of those coming through his program.

One of those who fits the mold is Morgan Smith, who was The Herald-Mail’s Player of the Year in 2007-08, graduated from Longwood (Va.) University and is now a teacher.

“Being part of the strong Williamsport community has been a positive experience,” Malott said. “I wouldn’t trade any of the memories.”

Malott, 48, took over in the 2004-05 season, following in the footsteps of Curtis Graff. He began coaching when his daughter, Brittany, played at the YMCA and on up through middle school and into high school. He coached with Kevin Murphy Sr. when the Wildcats made it to states in 1996.

Malott is a proponent of his assistant, Kevin Murphy Jr., getting the post.

“The ideal situation would be for (Murphy Jr.) to get the job. He deserves it and is a great guy,” Malott said.

The new coach will inherit a team that went 13-10 last season and has a solid group of players returning.

Williamsport athletic director Todd Ullery said the position would be posted internally for five days and then posted on the Washington County Public Schools’ website.

“Obviously (Malott) has been a vital part of girls basketball and the entire athletic program with the boosters and being a supporter of Williamsport High School,” Ullery said.

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