Carroll Fires Boys' Basketball Coach Clinton Perrow

From Staff Reports
Thursday, February 12, 2009

Carroll yesterday fired boys' basketball coach Clinton Perrow, less than 24 hours after the team's starting guards got into a fight on the bench during a 65-39 loss to third-ranked DeMatha on Tuesday night.

"We wanted to go in a different direction at this time," said Carroll Athletic Director George Leftwich, who will assume the coaching duties for the remainder of the season. "Obviously [the fight] was an unpleasant thing."

Perrow was in his eighth season at the Northeast Washington school, spending five seasons coaching the girls' basketball team and amassing a 37-40 record in three seasons as the boys' basketball coach. Attempts to reach Perrow yesterday were unsuccessful. The Lions are 8-13 this season.

Leftwich said that Perrow's assistant coaches also were let go. The two players who were fighting will be suspended for tomorrow's game against St. John's.

Leftwich, 66, is one of the Washington area's most tenured coaches, having spent 40 years on the sideline before retiring from coaching and becoming an administrator at Carroll.

"There are two weeks left in the season, so there's not a whole lot you can do," Leftwich said. "But we'll do the best we can."

Wilson Promotes Smith

Eddie Smith has been named the new baseball coach at Wilson, taking over for Eddie Saah, who retired after leading the Tigers to 16 straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association titles.

Smith, a Wilson assistant since 2004, pitched for the Tigers before graduating in 1999. The Tigers have lost just one game to a DCIAA opponent since 1992. Smith, coincidentally, was the starting pitcher in that one defeat -- a 1999 loss to Dunbar -- which he left with an injury and the Tigers leading.

"I have the experience with this program to know what's needed to win a championship," Smith said.

Saah retired as the school's athletic director after the past school year, but said at the time he was uncertain whether he would continue to coach baseball. When he decided not to, Smith said, Saah encouraged him to apply for the job. . . .

Freedom-South Riding Athletic Director Rusty Lowery confirmed yesterday that Michael "Mick" Mullins had been hired as football coach, replacing Tom McIntyre, who resigned after the season.

Freedom also announced the hiring of Brent Miller as boys' lacrosse coach. Miller, who headed the lacrosse program at Stone Bridge from 2002 to 2004, will replace Eric Olsen, who died Jan. 25 at the age of 38 after a battle with cancer. . . .

Steve Williams was named football coach at Heritage, replacing Wes Driskill, who resigned after the season. Williams served as offensive coordinator under Driskill last season and has been on the varsity staff since 2004.

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