Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eastern Shore Hoops News Round-Up: June 19

It's June, so while high school basketball season isn't in play this is the time of year where transfers are taking place and coaches are being hired and fired.

Here's what has taken place so far this off-season in the Bayside Conference on the Eastern Shore:


Bubby Brown will be joining the coaching staff of Runner-Up Bayside Champions Stephen Decatur. Head Coach BJ Johnson has also added Brian McDermott (former head coach at Mardela, assistant at Salisbury University), Corey Zimmer and Nicky Johnson to his staff for the upcoming season.

Brown was a key player on Wicomico High's 2002 state championship team, played college basketball at UMES and has since spent time coaching AAU basketball and serving as an assistant for Wi-Hi. Brown said via Twitter that Decatur will be 3A champions within the next three years.


A big part of Stephen Decatur's success last season was Bayside Defensive Player of the Year Colen Gaynor. But just days ago, Gaynor elected to transfer to Parkside high school in Salisbury for his senior season, joining up with fellow All-Bayside players in 2015 combo guard Dajour Diggs and 2015 forward Juwan Williams.

The addition of the athletic two-guard makes Parkside look like the early favorites on paper in the Bayside's Southern division. Gaynor is 6'4", can score inside and out and defend multiple positions. His great play with Team Loaded this summer has earned him D1 interest from schools like James Madison and Radford. He already has visits scheduled with both schools.


Kent County reached the regional 1A semi-finals last season with a very young roster, led by All-Shore Newcomer of the Year Marcquan Greene. This season, Greene and company will be getting some more help with Jonathon Smallwood moving into the area. Smallwood played last season for Brandywine in Delaware but a source says that he has recently moved into the area and will be playing basketball for the Trojans. The source also said that Smallwood was an example of a good player on a bad team at Brandywine and should start for Kent County this coming season at either the 2 or the 3.


It appears that Cambridge-South Dorchester will have a new coach in 2014 after struggling to a 7-12; 6-10 record under Bill Horsey. A source said that Horsey has stepped down and that the school will offer the job to candidates in-county first and then to the general public.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cosmos top Red Bulls in Open Cup

BY MITCHELL NORTHAM

HEMPSTEAD, NY - It was a game that New York soccer fans had been waiting for since the announcement of the Cosmos joining NASL in 2013, and in the first ever meeting between the New York Cosmos and the New York Red Bulls of MLS, the high stakes not only included bragging rights, but also the opportunity to advance to the fifth round of 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

In front of thousands of New Yorkers on Saturday night at the Cosmos’ home turf at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium, the Cosmos beat the Red Bulls 3-0, in large part thanks to a pair of goals from Norwegian forward Mads Stokkelien.

The Cosmos wasted no time in getting on the board early and in the seventh minute, Stokkelien scored his first goal after defender Carlos Mendes floated him a ball and he sent a strike past Red Bulls’ keeper Ryan Meara into the upper 90 of the far left corner of the goal.

Stokkelien had three more opportunities to earn goals in the first half for his side; one sailing wide in 20th minute, another shot bouncing off of the crossbar in the 24th and his final shot of the half sailed over the bar in the 42nd minute. The Cosmos not only led the Red Bulls on the score board in the first half, but led them on the stat sheet too as they controlled possession and led them 4-1 in shots-on-goal in the half.

The Red Bulls would go into halftime down by a goal, but had an opportunity to strike back in the 32nd minute when Eric Alexander played a pass to fellow midfielder Johnny Steele but, his left footed shot sailed out of bounds after being deflected by Cosmos keeper Jimmy Maurer.

Making up for his yellow card earlier in the second half, Cosmos midfielder Danny Szetela crossed a ball across the box to Stokkelien who was wide open by the far post and he shot the ball past the keeper into the opposite corner of the goal for his second goal of the night in the 73rd minute. Alessandro Noselli put the icing on the cake minutes later after he weaved through defenders in the 78th minute and scored unassisted.

The match was chippy through and through with a pair of yellow cards being handed out, but in the 88th minute Red Bull defender Chris Duvall recklessly challenged Cosmos midfielder Sebastián Guenzatti and was sent off with a red card. Two minutes of stoppage time were added, but there was nothing the Red Bulls could do as they were shutout in their first ever meeting against the Cosmos.

The Cosmos will face the winner of Tuesday’s match between the Philadelphia Union and the Harrisburg City Islanders in the fifth round of the Open Cup to be played June 24 and 25.

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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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