Bookie Rosemond returns to the IAAM with Severn

For Bill “Bookie” Rosemond, a longtime girls basketball coach in the county, familiarity breeds contentment.

Rosemond spent nine largely successful years while patrolling the sidelines in the highly-competitive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, including capturing a pair of league crowns in 2011 and 2013. He took over at Glen Burnie High School last winter, and this year will return to the IAAM with his recent decision to become the next girls basketball coach at the Severn School.

Rosemond takes over for co-coaches Lisa Smith and Rob Brown, who led the Admirals for two years following the retirement of Chuck Miller, who has since returned to coaching and is entering his second year at St. Mary’s.

Rosemond, who resigned shortly after his ninth season as head coach at Archbishop Spalding, is a 1980 graduate of Glen Burnie, where he played junior varsity basketball his sophomore and junior years before an injury prevented him from trying out his senior year. Rosemond won more than 150 games during his tenure at Archbishop Spalding, which included the two Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference titles.

“I was at Spalding for nine years and I wanted to be there forever, but it didn’t work out,” Rosemond said. “I went to Glen Burnie and I expected to be there forever, but now I’m at Severn. I’m looking forward to it.

“Going back to the IAAM, I feel like this is an opportunity that took me where my roots were. I’m more comfortable and I have more freedom and flexibility to go to tournaments (such as the Delaware-based Diamond State Classic) that I want to participate in. It was an opportunity there I felt I couldn’t pass up.”

Rosemond, whose Glen Burnie squad went 4-19 last season, inherits a Severn team that compiled a 6-19 overall mark during the 2017-2018 campaign, including an 0-12 mark in IAAM B Conference play. The Admirals finished last season with eight juniors on the roster, potentially giving the new coach a veteran ballclub this winter.

“They’ve got a good group of girls and a lot of seniors,” said Rosemond, who is the president of the Maryland Hurricanes AAU program. “They didn’t win a game in the B Conference, but the B Conference has some pretty good basketball.”

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