Spalding's Glick Steps Down as Boys' Coach

By Daniel Lyght and Liam Dillon
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, February 23, 2006

Mike Glick resigned yesterday as boys' basketball coach at Spalding, citing family issues.

"I definitely plan to continue my coaching career," Glick said, "but right now I need to take some time away to spend with my family."

Glick, who coached University of Connecticut star Rudy Gay and University of Maryland center Will Bowers, said he took a leave of absence Friday after his father fell ill Thursday evening.

Spalding President Michael Murphy said Glick's departure did not come as a surprise.

"It's a decision that Mike made and we respect that decision," Murphy said. "Mike Glick has helped develop a program here since he got here seven years ago. Students come here to play for Mike. The student-athletes we've had in our basketball program go on to great schools: Bucknell, Mount St. Mary's, Connecticut, Maryland. . . . He's done a great job for the school and we appreciate what he's done."

The Cavaliers (14-18) play Towson Catholic on Saturday in the Baltimore Catholic League tournament at Loyola College, where they will be led by assistant coach Ralph Burley.

"My father's very, very ill," Glick said. "That's why I'm leaving immediately, because I need to spend time with him."

According to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, Glick was 167-82 in seven seasons at Spalding, winning three MIAA titles and two Baltimore Catholic League Tourney championships. Before going to Spalding, Glick coached six seasons at Pallotti. In 13 seasons, his career mark is 287-141.

Four Heading to McDonald's Game

Four local players made the rosters of the McDonald's All-American games, annual all-star games featuring high school seniors from across the country.

For the girls, Good Counsel forward Kaili McLaren and Forest Park guard Monica Wright become the fifth and sixth local girls to make the team since the girls' game began in 2002. McLaren (Connecticut) is averaging 17.7 points per game, and Wright (Virginia), who is the first Virginia area public school girls player to make the squad, averages 22.3 points per game.

On the boys' side, Montrose Christian forward Kevin Durant and Herndon guard Scottie Reynolds made the team, along with Oak Hill guard Tywon Lawson, who played his first two seasons at Bishop McNamara. Durant (Texas) is scoring 23.2 points per game for the Mustangs. Reynolds (Oklahoma) becomes the first Virginia area public school boys player to make the squad since South Lakes's Joey Beard in 1993.

"It's a real big honor because people elect you based not on your name but on how you play and how you perform. People respect that. I appreciate everyone that did that for me," said Reynolds.

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