Thursday, March 13, 2014

Allen out, who replaces him at UMES?

The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore announced yesterday that Frankie Allen will not return as the team's head coach next season.

In a press release, UMES athletic director Keith Davidson said, "We thank Coach Allen for the time he dedicated to UMES."

Allen compiled a record of 42-139 during six seasons in Princess Anne, Md. and the news of his firing came just two days after the Hawks lost to Norfolk St. in the first round of the MEAC tournament.

Hours after his firing, the question is already being asked, "Who should UMES hire as their next head coach?"

In six seasons, Allen has helped drive the program further into the ground than it was before he arrived. Now, UMES is in desperate need of someone to excavate the program from the deep hole it has dug itself into.

Outside of debates on Twitter, names have yet to surface of who would be a good candidate to replace Allen as the head coach.

Here are some names that UMES may want to consider when hiring their next head coach.

Bill Lewit
Assistant Coach - Northwestern State

Prior to being an assistant at Northwestern State, Lewit, as a head coach, helped lead Cecil College to a NCJAA title, while also being named NCJAA coach of the year in 2006.

Lewit is also a  local guy. He played football and basketball from 1987-91 at Salisbury University. In his senior season, he served as the football team captain (leading the team in receptions and receiving yards), held the basketball team’s highest free throw and three-point shooting percentage, and was named the overall Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Lewit is the only athlete to earn four varsity letters in both football and basketball at Salisbury University and his first job in basketball was as an assistant under Butch Waller at Wicomico high school in Salisbury.

Lewit has also been an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans.

Russell Springmann
Assistant Coach - University of Texas

Like his former teammate Lewit, Springmann is another local guy that played four years of basketball at Salisbury University. After that, Springmann had a short stint as an assistant coach at Salisbury before accepting a position to take over Mardela high school's boy's basketball team.

As Mardela's head coach, he led the team to a playoff win and a state regional semifinal appearance during the 1993-94 season and was named the Bayside Conference's head coach of the year.

Since then, Springmann had a stop at the University of Florida before landing in Texas, where he has been on the Longhorns coaching staff for 16 years.

The Silver Spring native is also credited with recruiting and helping bring NBA star Kevin Durant to the University of Texas; offering him a scholarship after he saw Durant play in high school at a tournament in Delaware.

Bino Ranson
Assistant Coach - University of Maryland-College Park

Before joining the Terps staff, Ranson was the head coach at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. His ties to the Baltimore area have helped the Terps land strong back-to-back recruiting classes in 2012 and 2013.

Prior to coaching at Maryland, Ranson was an assistant at James Madison, Marist and Xavier.

Talvin Skinner
Former UMES and NBA player

Skinner is a member of UMES' Athletic Hall of Fame and helped lead the Hawks to a 27-2 record and an NIT birth in 1974.

Skinner was then drafted in the third round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics. Skinner went on to play for the Sonics for two seasons, appearing in 160 games (including playoffs) and averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per 36 minutes for his career.

Since then, Skinner was an assistant coach and player development aide with the WNBA's Seattle Storm, helping the Storm win a championship in 2004.

Other names to consider: 
Drew Diener, Head Coach - Cardinal Stritch (D2, NAIA)
Paul Cisek, Head Coach - Brookdale Community College (JUCO)
Rashon Burno, Assistant - University of Florida
Bruce Shingler, Assistant - Towson University
Greg Jackson, Former Del State Head Coach
Tony Barbee, Former Auburn Head Coach
Josh Merkel, Head Coach - Salisbury University
Derrick Fooks, Head Coach - Pocomoke High School

With UMES' recent history of hiring head coaches, the head coach is likely to be a name that the alumni, community and basketball world has never heard of before, or hasn't heard from in years.

Fans hope that with the next hire, whoever it may be, the trend of losing season after losing season begins to change.

More than anything, UMES needs a head coach who can recruit, get in touch with the area and change the program's attitude and culture into a winning one.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wicomico upsets Bennett behind play of Jones, Brown and Ennis

**This recap never made it up onto The Shore Report, so I figured I would share it here. Better late than never.


Wicomico upsets Bennett behind play of Jones, Brown and Ennis
Nelson Brown and Trevell Jones each had double-doubles as Wicomico spoiled J.M. Bennett’s hopes of going to the Bayside Championship game, beating Bennett 83-69.

Bennett led after the first quarter but Wi-Hi would take the lead in the second quarter, opening the second period with a 14-4 run. During that run, junior forward Trevell Jones (pictured left) scored six points and secured four rebounds.

“Fight to get every board,” said Jones. “That’s what Coach Waller said I had to do.”
Jones did just that, fighting for every rebound and led all players in the game with 15 rebounds to go along with 14 points.

Wicomico and Bennett exchanged leads throughout the second and third quarter and senior guards Larry Ennis and Kory Holden exchanged words and baskets throughout the game.

“I was trying to keep my composure and play my game,” said Ennis, who finished with 23 points and three rebounds for Wicomico.

“Larry’s talking kept us motivated though,” said Jones. “He just kept saying ‘It’s not over, let’s keep going’.”

Wicomico went on an 11-2 run to start the final period, but momentum looked to have swung again when Holden flushed a three-pointer at the end of Wicomico’s run.

“We knew we had to come back strong,” said junior guard Nelson Brown “We felt like we could still beat them.”

While sporting J.M. Bennett Clipper socks, Brown (pictured right) stole the ball after Holden’s three, raced to the other basket and converted a lay-up and a free throw to put the momentum back on Wicomico’s side.

But why was he wearing the socks?

“Just to show a little bit of disrespect,” said Brown with a grin.

Brown finished the game with 28 points and 10 rebounds while Holden led all scorers for Bennett with 29 points in addition to his six rebounds and nine assists.

Wicomico would go on to the game by 14 points, knocking Bennett out of contention for a shot at the Bayside Title game, and punching Stephen Decatur’s ticket to it.

With the regular season in the books, Wicomico’s focus is now on one common goal.

“Play better offense, play better defense and get back to [the Comcast Center],” said Brown.

“I want the ring,” said Ennis.

Salisbury School wins ESIAC title
The Salisbury School went on the road in their final game of the year and beat Worcester Prep 49-41 in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference title game.

Salisbury held a large lead for the majority of the game and ended the first half on top 27-12. Salisbury senior forward Zach Cowell had 15 points and three blocks in that half.

Things got closer as the clocked ticked away in the fourth quarter though as Worchester battled back from a 22-point deficit to cut the margin to just three points. They were unable to fully comeback though, as successful trips to the free throw line late would give Salisbury an eight-point lead and the victory.


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bayside Conference Hoops in Photos

I'm not the best at taking pictures, but here are some photos I've taken so far this year of boy's high school basketball in the Bayside Conference:

(I'll try to update this every couple weeks or so.)

Wicomico (2017) PG Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan advancing the ball against Mardela.

Wicomico (2014, Harford CC commit) 2G Larry Ennis returning to the bench.

Wicomico (2015) F Trevell Jones

Trevell Jones going for a lay-up against Mardela.

Mardela's squad during a timeout against Wicomico.

Wicomico coaches Butch Waller & Doug King talk up the team during a timeout.

Wicomico (2015) 2G Xzavier Branyon-Sims checks into the game.

The Wicomico team prior to the game against Mardela.
Xzavier Branyon-Sims talks with the coaches during a dead-ball.
Head coach Butch Waller talks with Xzavier Branyon-Sims.

Crisfield seniors Alex Cohen and Montel Douglas get ready for their game against Parkside.

Parkside's Dajour Diggs guards Crisfield's Alex Cohen closely.

Packed house at James M. Bennett high school for their match up against Wicomico.

Crisfield head coach Dale Turpin watches his team battle Parkside.

Colonel Richardson head coach Brad Plutschak lays out the game plan for his team.

Head coach Brad Plutschak talks his team up during a timeout.

Kent County (2015) big man Kyree Sorrell shoots free throws against Colonel Richardson.

Colonel Richardson (2015) 2G Donya Bolden

Colonel Richardson senior point guard Dontri Bolden waits to enter the game.

Washington head coach Nick Purnell

The Washington team prior to player introductions against Stephen Decatur.

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