Just a year after winning Carroll County Coach of the Year honors, Jerry Georgiana has been dismissed as coach of the Westminster girls basketball team.
Georgiana, who compiled a 38-31 record in three seasons, said he was informed of the decision by athletic director Terry Molloy and principal John Seaman this month, but held out hope that the school officials would reconsider after receiving a number of e-mails and phone calls from parents who supported Georgiana.
"I'm going to miss the program, and I'm going to miss the kids," said Georgiana, adding that a small number of parents had made it known to him that they were unhappy about their daughters' playing time. "I thought that this year was the year that was going to allow me to coach the way I wanted to. I think, essentially, that this would have been my team, because in the past it hasn't been."
Molloy, however, said that the decision was based on a number of factors.
"I wanted to move in a different direction," Molloy said. "As with any coach, there's always certain things I'm not happy with and certain things I am happy with. I just felt we needed to get a better balance."
With Georgiana's departure, the program next season will have its fifth coach in as many years. Georgiana said that he doesn't plan to pursue another coaching job in the near future.
"I worked so hard to get into the system to coach," he said, adding that he's grateful to Westminster for the opportunity. "This is a huge letdown."
The school is accepting applications for the position, both by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and fax (410-751-4498).
While Westminster has launched its search for a new girls basketball coach, the school has found a new boys basketball coach in former Century assistant Dan Hewins.
Hewins, who also was the junior varsity coach at Century, replaces Brett Kanther, who resigned after last season for personal reasons. Hewins will teach science at Westminster starting in the fall. Earlier in his career, Hewins served as an assistant under Morgan Wooten at DeMatha and was the head coach at Woodlawn.
Westminster finished 17-7 last season.
Welsh to sign
Francis Scott Key distance runner Jared Welsh, The Sun's Carroll County Runner of the Year in cross country last fall, said he will sign a letter of intent to attend Iona College. "I love the location [in New Rochelle, N.Y.], and they've had a strong Division I program for a number of years now," Welsh said.
Welsh, a senior, captured his second county championship last season, leading the Eagles to county, regional and Class 2A state titles.
A pair of county athletes have been named Monocacy Valley Athletic League Players of the Week in baseball for the week ending April 14.
Westminster's Dustin Tarlow took top honors in the Chesapeake Conference by going 9-for-11 with two home runs, six RBIs, six runs scored and three stolen bases to help lead the Owls to two victories.
In the Piedmont Conference, the honor went to South Carroll's Chris Chastain, who went 7-for-11 with two doubles, seven RBIs and three runs scored.
To submit news and story ideas about Carroll County high school athletics, contact Rich Scherr at CarrollSports@comcast.net.