More than a decade has passed since McDaniel College has had winning tennis programs, and now the school hopes former Army coach Robert Detrich can take them there.
Detrich was named the Green Terror's head men's and women's tennis coach on Monday, taking over for Brian Kastner, who left for the same post at Hollins University in October.
"As we conducted this search, Robert stood out to us as someone with an excellent tennis background," McDaniel athletic director Paul Moyer said in a statement. "He has had success at the highest level and someone we feel can get out tennis program to the next level."
Detrich enjoyed a successful seven years as Army's head men's tennis coach, producing 12 Patriot League individual champions and team championships in 1990 and 1992.
After that, he coached top juniors in California, working as the director of Northern California's Tennis Association's Collegiate Program from 1995-98.
In 2002, he came back to the East Coast as the director of tennis at Severn Valley Tennis and Fitness Club.
Since 2008, Detrich has served as director of training for ranked juniors and college players at SportFit in Bowie, playing a crucial role in producing a number of college players, many of whom are at top Division I programs while others are playing professionally.
"I'm really excited to work with the McDaniel student-athletes,"
Detrich said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to continuing the development of the program. I am committed to achieving excellence on the court and in the classroom."
Detrich, who played tennis at Navy, will take over the programs immediately. McDaniel opens its spring schedule on March 23.
MOUNT HALL OF FAME: Six new members will be inducted into the Mount St. Mary's University Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 2: Christy Wicks Casler (Class of 1998, women's soccer), Nicole Schroyer Gehret (1997, women's basketball), Riley Inge (1998, men's basketball), Theodore Kachnowski (1953, men's basketball), the late Matt Moran (1996, men's lacrosse) and Alex Watson (1991, men's basketball).
Wicks Casler is the Mount women's soccer team's all-time leader in goals (24), assists (22) and points (70).
Schroyer Gehret scored 1,115 points (20th in school history) in 116 career games for the Mount women's basketball team, helping lead the squad to two NCAA tournament appearances.
The men's basketball team won 52 games during Inge's three seasons. He helped lead the Mountaineers to the 1995 NCAA tournament and the 1996 NIT. He ranks 21st all-time at the Mount in scoring (1,285), fourth in assists (466) and fifth in steals (204).
Kachnowski was the second Mount men's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point mark, finishing with exactly 1,000.
Moran tallied 55 goals and 102 assists for the men's lacrosse program, placing 11th on the all-time scoring list.
Watson finished his Mount men's basketball career with 1,182 points (27th all-time) and he stands in the top 10 in assists, blocks, steals and field goal percentage.
CAMLIN CRUISING: Senior heavyweight Joe Camlin (Winters Mill) continued his strong start to his final semester with the McDaniel wrestling team, winning two matches by major decision in a tri-meet split with Muhlenberg and Stevens on Saturday.
Camlin improved to 7-0 this season with the pair of victories, as the Green Terror upped their record to 6-5 (2-2 Centennial Conference).
Sophomore Mason Goretsas (North Carroll) won two matches by decision in the tri-meet.
PATRIOT GAMES: The McDaniel men's and women's indoor track teams each produced strong showings at the Patriot Games hosted by George Mason University on Saturday.
The women's 3,200-meter relay team finished seventh overall in the event recording an ECAC-qualifying time in the process.
Freshman Chloe Allen-Gorman, junior Becky Kaler, junior Jasmine McCormick and freshman Claire Lawson combined to run the relay in 10:11.16, the fourth-fastest time in program history.
On the men's side, senior Carlos Hernandez improved his personal record in the shot put for the second week in a row, this time topping it by nearly 3 feet, 4 inches with a toss of 14.17 meters. That is the third-longest throw in program history and placed him fifth in the event.