Glenn Farello, suspended from his position as boys' basketball coach at Eleanor Roosevelt for the second half of this past season, will return to the sideline this winter, though in a slightly different capacity.

Roosevelt Athletic Director Andrew Capece said yesterday that Brendan O'Connell, who had been the team's junior varsity coach and then interim coach during Farello's suspension, has been hired as head coach. O'Connell, 25, has hired Farello as an unpaid volunteer assistant coach, Capece said.

Farello was placed on administrative leave in January and subsequently suspended for providing some players with a drink containing the supplement creatine prior to a playoff game in March 2004.

Capece said it had yet to be determined how O'Connell and Farello will share coaching duties. "Glenn and I have a great working relationship," O'Connell said. "I'm not going to break down who will do what, but we'll work it out."

"It was Brendan's decision to bring Glenn back. The school, we're supportive of the decision, but as head coach, it's his call. Glenn has been a mentor to Brendan, they've worked well together for two years, and Brendan feels it would be in the kids' best interest to have him back. As a school, we feel fortunate to have them both back."

Capece said Farello had applied for his old job but was not interviewed because Prince George's County guidelines now allow non-teachers to be hired as coaches only after all teachers who apply for a job are deemed unacceptable or unqualified; O'Connell is a teacher, Farello is not.

Farello issued a statement through Capece, saying, "I'm excited to be back working with Brendan and the kids and we're all looking forward to next year." . . .

Potomac (Va.) promoted football assistant Tony Lilly to head coach. The Woodbridge graduate and former Denver Broncos defensive back replaces Ben Stutler, who stepped down to become activities director at Battlefield.

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Preston Williams