After one season at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, David Breslaw became the boys’ basketball coach at Richard Montgomery earlier this month. He replaces Scott Spear, who officially resigned from teaching and coaching on Wednesday more than four months after being accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student. Charges were dropped because as the accuser’s part-time coach, Spear fell outside the law prohibiting sexual contact between “full-time permanent” school employees and students at the school they work.
A Richard Montgomery graduate, Breslaw, 32, teaches history at the Rockville school and spent five seasons as the junior varsity coach before moving on to Bethesda-Chevy Chase. The Barons went 12-11 last season with a first-round loss to Whitman in the Maryland 4A West playoffs.
“I always had regrets about how successful we were when I was on varsity because I think we had a good team,” Breslaw said. “I felt like we usually underperformed, and I’d like to try and make up for that.”
Breslaw inherits a squad that finished 10-14 last season with nine losses in its last 11 games. Spear missed the Rockets’ final seven games after his Feb. 2 arrest. Jimmy Little, the assistant who took over in Spear’s absence, did not apply for the head job, according to Athletic Director Jon Freda.
Breslaw said he feels more comfortable on the sideline after a season of varsity experience and added that the Rockets had a 3-2 record in the Montgomery County Recreation summer league, entering play on Thursday. Four of the team’s top five scorers last winter were juniors
“I think everybody’s pretty excited,” Breslaw said. “We’ve been doing well in summer league and have high attendance in the weight room. I’ve always had communication with the players at school, so now it’s just continuing.”
Freda also said Davy Rogers will take over for Spear as the school’s cross country coach. Rogers, a 1998 Richard Montgomery grad who competed for Spear, already directed the school’s indoor and outdoor track teams.
Those hirings continued a busy stretch for Freda. In recent weeks, he also tabbed Mark Yantsos to take over the girls’ basketball team and added Domino Bejean (field hockey), and Blake Godsey (wrestling) as new head coaches. John Fahrner, the school’s longtime boys’ tennis coach, will also coach the girls’ team next year.