By Preston Williams
Friday, September 17, 2010; 6:09 PM
Elizabeth Seton, the defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and City Title girls' basketball champion, has named Jonathan Scruggs its new coach.
Scruggs, 26, a practicing attorney, has been an assistant for the past three years at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore and has been a head AAU coach in Ohio with the Dayton Lady HoopStars and locally with the Maryland Hurricanes. He also has served as an assistant at Chaminade Julienne Catholic in Dayton.
"This guy is just a rising star in the coaching world, and I'm just really excited for the program," said Seton Athletic Director Candy Cage, who had 38 formal applicants for the job and another eight or so who spoke with her informally. "He just had so many intangibles that kept bringing me back to him."
Scruggs, a Knoxville, Tenn., native, replaces Jazz Perazic, who stepped down last month to devote more time to her business after four years at the Bladensburg school. Scruggs first became interested in Seton two years ago when he was scouting an opponent there.
"When I was in the gym, I thought what a great environment, what a great place and, more than anything, what a great team they had put on the floor," he said. "I knew if I ever had the opportunity to be part of that environment, that's where I wanted to be. I've had my eye on them for awhile."
Seton, 24-8 last season, beat St. John's in the WCAC championship for its first league title since 2001 and went on to top two-time defending City Title winner H.D. Woodson in that championship.
Seton will begin practice Nov. 8. The Roadrunners' top returning players are guard Alyssa Albanese, who has unofficially committed to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and forward Melanie Royster, an unofficial Virginia Commonwealth commit.