Jim Tapley, who recently left his post as Northwest’s athletic director to take the same job at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, has not finished unpacking the boxes in his new office, but he has hired a pair of basketball coaches.
Jennifer Rushin, a former Quince Orchard assistant, will take over as girls’ coach, replacing Rob Kurtz. Kurtz will continue to coach the Montgomery County school’s girls’ soccer team, which has won four straight Maryland 4A titles.
Tracy, 29, has worked in the program the past two seasons, first as the head junior varsity coach and last winter as a volunteer assistant. He also co-founded the Rosemary Revolution AAU program for the youngsters of the Rosemary Hills/Lyttonsville community in Silver Spring where he grew up.
Now a math teacher at the school, Tracy spent his first three high school seasons at B-CC before reclassifying and playing two more years at Bullis. After graduating in 2002, the 6-foot-3 guard played four seasons at Drake University under Dr. Tom Davis — a pioneer of the flex offense and mentor to former University of Maryland Coach Gary Williams.
“We’d play all these Division I teams with hundreds of plays, and literally, we had two plays,” Tracy said with a chuckle. “Not to say that we’ll only have two plays with this group, but we want to keep it simple. If you play hard and smart, the X’s and O’s will take care of themselves.”
Tracy said he plans to bring on his older brother, Claude Green, as an assistant. Green started out his high school career at B-CC before moving on to Dunbar in the District and playing collegiately at Southern California in the mid 1990s.
“A lot of children have those aspirations and dreams to play at the next level.” said Tracy, who takes over a squad that went 12-11 last season. “I know what it takes to get there, and I’m going to do whatever I can to help others do it, too.”
Rushin, 32, spent the past four seasons at Quince Orchard after a stint assisting at Bowie. She has also been involved with the 1onNone AAU program based in Germantown.
The Barons went 2-21 last winter, but Rushin expects six of the team’s top seven scorers to return, including five rising seniors. As a fifth-grade teacher at nearby Chevy Chase Elementary, she taught several players on her new team.
“I want nothing more for this group of girls than to be the foundation for the B-CC girls’ basketball program,” Rushin said. “I say foundation because I’m in it for the long haul. I think they’re searching for direction and guidance, and they want somebody who is committed.”