St. Mary’s Ryken Athletic Director Dave Tallman, who resigned his position as the Leonardtown school’s boys’ basketball coach after last season for personal reasons, will be the Knights’ coach this season after all.
One week after the school parted ways with Michael Strickland, Tallman said he will resume coaching duties.
Strickland, whose father, Pete, was a star player at DeMatha and now is an assistant coach at George Washington, was arrested July 28 and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, according to court documents. Strickland could not be reached immediately to comment.
“We went through a process when Mike left,” Tallman said. St. John’s assistant coach “Dennis Murphy was the other finalist when we hired Mike and we offered it to him, but he couldn’t work it out.
“I’ve had several long conversations with our administration and I just felt like they’re going to be behind me and stay behind the program. At this point and time, for the kids, I felt it was important to get things going.”
Tallman, 29, was the Knights’ head coach the past four seasons, compiling a record of 61-52, and was an assistant for three seasons prior to that.
“God works in mysterious ways,” Tallman said. “I guess this is where I was meant to be. I’m going to get after it.”