Robert Churchwell, a Gonzaga graduate and former Georgetown standout, has been named boys’ basketball coach at Good Counsel. Churchwell replaces Blair Mills, who resigned last month after four seasons, citing a desire to focus more on his family.
“Being from D.C. and having played in the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference], the opportunity to come home and coach in the best league in the country and in the league I played in were two things that drew me to this position,” said Churchwell, who will also teach physical education at the school.
Last season, Churchwell coached at Benedictine, leading the Cadets to a 31-4 mark and the VISAA Division I state title with a win against O’Connell. After earning All-Met honors at Gonzaga, Churchwell was a standout forward at Georgetown from 1990-1994 before playing professional overseas and briefly in the NBA. He then coached for six seasons at Harrison High in Georgia.
“Naturally, we were looking for somebody with a lot of basketball knowledge and coming from Gonzaga and Georgetown, Robert understood the values of school and education and what we’re looking for as private Catholic school,” said Good Counsel Athletic Director Mark Jankovitz , who fielded more than 60 applicants. “He has a very good reputation as an outstanding basketball player and has been successful as a high school coach, so he brings the full package.”
Good Counsel went 12-18 overall and 6-12 in the WCAC last season. Five players have transferred this offseason, including leading scorer Byron Hawkins (Vermont Academy) and rising sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan (St. John’s).
“Of course, we want to win, and it’s going to take a lot of hard work and some time, but I believe that we can build a very competitive team,” Churchwell said. “I’m fine with coaching in my old league and against my old school. Basketball is about good competition. I’ll always have a little purple in me but right now, I’m all about the blue and gold.”
Churchwell is the second Benedictine coach in as many years to fill a vacancy within the WCAC. Sean McAloon was hired as St. John’s coach after leading Benedictine for seven seasons.