Virginia women's basketball assistant coach Tom Garrick returned to his alma mater yesterday, introduced as the new women's head coach at Rhode Island after three months with the Cavaliers.
Garrick, a 38-year-old native of West Warwick, R.I., joined Debbie Ryan's coaching staff in May after a long association with URI, first as a star player and later as an assistant with the men's and women's teams. When Boe Pearman resigned unexpectedly as coach last month, Athletic Director Tom McElroy called Garrick, who had coached the team on an interim basis last season when Pearman was on a medical leave of absence.
"It's a pleasant surprise," Garrick said from his new office. "I was grateful to Debbie Ryan for the opportunity at Virginia, and I was looking forward to going full force at Virginia."
* GOLF: Rob McNamara, the head PGA professional at Farmington Country Club, won the fifth annual Holden Cup at Belle Haven Country Club. The two-day event, which raises money for the Komen National Race for the Cure, included a four-ball competition. David Champagne, a PGA professional at Robert Trent Jones, and Jason Pool of River Bend won Monday's competition. The pros' scores from the first day carried over to the final round.
McNamara shot a 4-under-par 68 on the final day to earn the $8,000 winner's check. Rob Stock, McNamara's assistant, Cary Sciorra of RTJ, Eddie Luke of Cypress Point, Dirk Schultz of Black Rock and Brendon DeJonge, a member of the Nationwide Tour, each finished one stroke back and earned $3,300. . . .
Michelle Wie qualified for match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur in Erie, Pa., despite struggling to a 6-over 78 in the second round of stroke play.
* HOCKEY: The Washington Capitals pulled out of next month's Traverse City, Mich., prospect tournament, citing logistical complications, among other reasons. The six-team tournament is hosted by the Detroit Red Wings and intended for recent draft picks and prospects.
* SOCCER: Senior forward Abe Thompson (Fairfax Station) of Maryland was one of three Washington area athletes named to the watch list for the 2004 Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate player. Also on the preseason list are Trevor McEachron of Woodbridge, who attends Old Dominion, and junior midfielder Kelly Hammond of Bowie (U-Va.). The men's and women's winners are chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
* HIGH SCHOOLS: Bob McKeag resigned as Westfield High School boys' basketball coach to become the athletic director at Fairfax County's new high school, due to open in 2005 in Lorton.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports