In recent weeks two colleges, Cecil College and Chesapeake College, on the Eastern Shore have undergone major coaching changes. Although, as a fan of Eastern Shore basketball I hate to see two good coaches leave these schools, the changes may prove to be beneficial for the future of basketball on the Eastern Shore.
In September, well-respected Coach William Lewit of Cecil College resigned to accept an assistant coaching position at the University of New Orleans. Coach Lewit had been with the institution for 14 years and had led the Seahawks to a NJCAA Division II national championship in 2006, six regular season Maryland JUCO championships, five postseason championships, and six Region XX titles. Over his tenure, 38 of his players had received Division I scholarships and an additional 30 players has received Division II scholarships.
Coach Lewit now moves on to become an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans, a Division I school in the Sun Belt Conference. In addition to his assistant coaching duties, he will also be the program’s recruiting coordinator.
In my opinion, this is potentially a huge opportunity for basketball players on the Eastern Shore. With the familiarity that Coach Lewit has with the Eastern Shore area, the University of New Orleans may begin to become active in recruiting the area more than they have in the past.
Also, around the end of September, Coach John Mappas of Chesapeake College resigned citing that family reasons had lead to his decision. Coach Mappas coached the Skipjacks for seven years, winning 124 games, and winning a Region XX championship in 2008. He had a combined record of 224-103 in 11 seasons as a junior college head coach.
Coach Mappas was replaced by former Georgetown University star and NBA veteran, Reggie Williams. Williams was a McDonald’s High School All-American before winning a national championship with Georgetown during his freshman year. After his college career, Williams was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 4th pick in the 1987 draft and went on to average 12.5 points per game over his 10-year career.
Recently, Coach Williams has spent the last five seasons as a high school coach in the state of Maryland. He will now bring his playing and coaching experience to Chesapeake College. This will be beneficial for the players at Chesapeake College because they will now be learning from a person who has played and competed at the highest level. Although, many of his players may not be familiar with his track record initially, a small amount of research will educate them to the opportunity that they now have.