After leading Westlake High School's boys track and field team to an undefeated season and the Wolverines' first-ever team state championship in 1999, Coach Ryan Gick has resigned to focus on earning a teaching certification from Towson University.
Gick hardly is leaving the cupboard bare at Westlake--the boys team should return all but one scorer from last year's state meet.
"I told him he's the only coach I know that's going to have a perfect record throughout his career," Westlake Athletic Director Dominic Zaccarelli said, laughing. "I know it was hard for him to walk away, especially with all the guys he has coming back, but this was something he needed to do for himself."
Gick, a former linebacker at the University of Maryland who is also one of Zaccarelli's assistant football coaches, is studying to be certified as a physical education teacher and said he plans to return to coaching.
Zaccarelli said he has received several applications from potential replacements, but he said he does not expect to name the team's next head coach for a couple weeks.
Whoever gets the job will be walking into a near picture-perfect scenario. The Wolverines' program is solid in distance, sprints and field events. Standouts include distance runners Jose Dory and Carlos Hunt, sprinters Recardo Evans and Gonzie Gray, jumper Rob Harris and thrower Jon Rolle.
Hunt is an All-Met cross-country selection who will sign Wednesday to run next season at American University. Gray, a standout running back for the Wolverines' football team, will sign Wednesday to play next season at South Carolina.
"There's no question, whoever takes over this program will have all the talent they could ask for to work with," Zaccarelli said.