After seven years leading the Glenelg Country boys basketball varsity program, Kevin Quinlan announced on Friday morning that he will be stepping down.
Quinlan, who has compiled a combined record of 122-80 since taking over the Dragons’ program prior to the 2010-11 season, said that it's time for him to embark on a new chapter.
"I turned 50 last Friday so I had kind of been evaluating everything the past few weeks, and I just really feel like I need a new challenge in life," he said. "I'm ready for a new growth opportunity and, when you throw in that my daughter just moved out to California recently, it felt like it was time for a change."
The tenure for Quinlan at Glenelg Country has been one filled with several significant milestones. When he took over in 2010, the Dragons were still competing in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference and in that initial season he helped the team to a 19-1 league record and the program’s first B tournament championship.
The following year, the team moved up to the A Conference for the first time, where the team has competed ever since.
“We would like to thank Coach Quinlan for seven great years developing our GCS boys basketball program and taking us from the MIAA B Conference to a competitive A conference team,” said Glenelg Country Director of Athletics Paul Weir in a release.
Out of the seven seasons Quinlan has been at the helm, Glenelg Country has finished with a winning overall record in five of those campaigns. Over the past two seasons, the Dragons enjoyed back-to-back winning records in A Conference play and berths in the playoffs.
Quinlan said that he developed a bond with all of his players, but in particular said he had special relationships with Chancellor Barnard and Joshua Hightower. He called Barnard, who is currently playing collegiately at Loyola University, "an absolute warrior that was very loyal to the program." And he said that Hightower, who graduated last spring, was an individual that "continually surprised and stood out for his fortitude and leadership abilities."
Overall it's all the players that he says he will remember the most, moreso than the wins.
"It's been so much fun sending the kids on to the next level, either to play or to go on to be students at well-respected universities. Being able to watch them blossom into men is something that's been a great honor," he said.