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Girls’ basketball: Rod Hairston in, Kira Orr out as Bullis coach

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Rod Hairston, who led the Eleanor Roosevelt girls’ basketball team to five consecutive Maryland 4A girls’ basketball titles from 2004-09, has been named coach at Bullis. He replaces Kira Orr, who resigned from her coaching position.

Hairston, the 2006 All-Met Coach of the Year, said Friday afternoon that his hiring became official on Thursday. He inherits a young team that includes 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Lynee Belton, considered one of the top players in her graduating class in the country.

This will mark Hairston’s fourth school in as many years. He left Eleanor Roosevelt to coach at McNamara, where he was dismissed after one season. He was an emergency interim coach last year at Northwestern. This season he helped Wise Coach Walter Clark.

“The talent [at Bullis] is exceptional,” Hairston, 43, said. “Kira did a great job developing the program and I just hope to be able to continue and grow from where she left off.

“Coach Clark allowed me to come over there and help his team, which was fun. But there’s nothing like having your own program.”

Bullis this season went 20-7, 12-2 in the ISL AA division, with both regular season league losses to No. 11 Georgetown Visitation, which has won six consecutive ISL AA titles. South Alabama signee Taylor Jenkins was Bullis’s only senior.

Kirby Porter, Brittany Jackson, Dazia Hall, Ashley DeLeonibus and Brianna Davis are among the Bulldogs’ top returning players, along with Belton. All averaged between 4.6 and 13.7 points this season.

Hairston, who will continue to work as a crisis intervention teacher for Prince George’s County schools, said he would like to schedule some of the top teams in the area and already has requested that Bullis schedule No. 1 Riverdale Baptist.

He said he also would like to arrange a preseason event involving ISL and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference schools.

“My goals are a little bit more lofty than just the area,” Hairston said. “I think that Bullis has enough talent and there’s enough talent that’s interested in Bullis that you can compete nationally.”

Orr, a former All-Met and 1993 Bullis graduate who is in the school’s athletic hall of fame, guided the team for the past five years; she also coached the Bulldogs during the 2003-o4 season.

According to a school spokesman, Orr stepped down to devote more time to her administrative job as middle school dean of students at the Potomac private school.

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