Jerry Phipps, who has 29 years of experience in coaching and athletic administration, has been appointed interim athletic director at the Victor Cullen Academy in the Frederick County community of Sabillasville.
The school, one of several operating nationwide under the banner of Youth Services International Inc., is a residential treatment center for adjudicated young men, most of them ages 14 to 18. Its mission is to change their attitudes and values, helping them become law-abiding citizens.
"We want to help these young people to grow physically, mentally and spiritually," said David Morrison, the academy's executive director. "We believe Phipps will add experience to our athletic department that will prove valuable to our students and coaches."
The school has teams in a half-dozen sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball and track and field.
"My greatest challenge with these young men will be to demonstrate discipline and team play," Phipps said. At the same time, he will assist the school in its search for an athletic director and will serve as a consultant to YSI's other schools.
At this time, the interim appointment will not conflict with Phipps' job as head men's basketball coach at Essex Community College, where he won his 600th game last winter.