Richard Bloom of Cape St. Claire has been named head coach of the Anne Arundel Community College men's basketball team, the college announced yesterday morning.
Bloom, 36, will fill a vacancy created in midseason by the departure of third-year coach Mark Amatucci. Amatucci resigned basketball coach and assistant athletic director Jan. 18 following his team's 85-71 victory over Harford Community College.
"Rick has an extensive basketball background and good contacts with Division I and II basketball programs nationwide, which will serve our players very well," AACC Athletic Director C. "Buddy" Beardmore said in a prepared statement.
"He also has ongoing communication with local high school basketball coaches and administrators, which will help in recruitment."
Beardmore cited Bloom's reputation as a coach who stresses the importance of academics as one of the main reasons for his hiring.
"He's already helped numerous area athletes transfer to four-year schools," said Beardmore. "I'm sure he'll continue that practice here at Anne Arundel."
Bloom, who inherits a program that is scheduled June 1 to come off a one-year suspension imposed by the National Junior College Athletic Association, was director of the Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation's Summer Basketball League in 1991. Last fall, he was executive director of athletic affairs for the Converse Basketball Coaches Clinic.
From 1973 until now, he has been involved with a number of area basketball camps.
Bloom, who was selected from a group of 12 applicants, said, "I believe I can take care of the responsibilities put forth on me as a head coach. I want to build a good relationship between the faculty and students at the college and the community at large.
"With the talent level within the county, particularly this crop of seniors, we should be in good shape."
Bloom, who owns and operates the Coach's Supermarket, a Cape St. Claire company that sells athletic equipment to colleges, high schools and youth groups, was a consultant from 1989-1991 to the Catholic University basketball team. He was engaged in scouting, recruiting, practice and game management and funding.
From 1984 to 1988, he was assistant coach at St. Francis College in New York and was responsible for scouting, directing and recruiting in Maryland and Virginia as well as practice, game management and fund-raising.
"I think all assistant coaches want to have their own program, and this is a great opportunity for me to bring in students who want to get it done in the classroom as well as on the court," said Bloom.
His appointment doesn't begin officially until July 1, but he immediately will begin recruiting for the Pioneers' 1992-1993 season.