Perazic steps down as girls' basketball coach at Elizabeth Seton

By Preston Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 31, 2010; 4:03 PM

Elizabeth Seton girls' basketball coach Jazz Perazic, who guided the Roadrunners to the WCAC and City Title championships last season after inheriting a five-win team in 2006, has resigned to tend to business interests.

Perazic, founder of Maryland Sports Association, a non-profit organization that runs community sports programs, said the lagging economy has hurt the business and that the fall is its busiest time of year.

She said she debated for much of the summer about whether she should return for a fifth season.

"I hate to leave," Perazic said. "I really like Seton, the school, the community. I'm just refocusing on the business. I'm already missing coaching."

The Roadrunners last season knocked off St. John's in the WCAC final for its first title since 2001, then beat two-time defending City Title champ H.D. Woodson in that championship.

"Once she got off the high from winning and the tremendous season that we had, I think reality kind of set in," said Seton Athletic Director Candy Cage, who assisted Perazic on the bench in recent seasons. "It will be tough shoes to fill, no question, but I know we'll have a lot of interest."

Cage said the school will begin reviewing applications Sept. 7. She would like to hire a new coach by early October. The first practice date is Nov. 8.

The Roadrunners will return two players who have made unofficial college commitments - Alyssa Albanese (New Jersey Institute of Technology) and Melanie Royster (Virginia Commonwealth). Jazmine Missouri, a key junior, transferred to Holy Cross.

The four seniors off last season's 24-8 team are all playing in college, including All-Met Tyaunna Marshall at Georgia Tech.

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