Milford Mill stayed inside the progam to find its new varsity boys basketball coach, promoting volunteer assistant Ryan Smith to replace former coach Mike Silverman.
Smith has spent four years in the program.
"We wanted someone who knew the program and focused on, not only coaching basketball, but also stressing academics like we've done and Ryan has a plan for all that," Milford Mill athletic director Joe Sargent said Tuesday.
Silverman, who went 44-8 in two seasons and captured the Class 3A state title in the 2012-13 season, has accepted a teaching position at Choices Academy, an alternative school in Wicomico County.
He is still weighing potential coaching options. Before taking over varsity in 2012, he was Milford Mill's junior varsity coach for four years.
This past season, the No. 6 Millers reached the 3A state semifinals and finished with an 18-6 mark.