CUMBERLAND — Tommie Reams is the new men’s basketball coach and Chuck Eberly is the new women’s basketball coach at Allegany College of Maryland, according to Athletic Director Steve Bazarnic, who made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Reams, a graduate of Southern Garrett High School and Frostburg State University, was an assistant coach last season for former head coach Mike Baker, who resigned the men’s basketball post he held for the past nine seasons.
Baker, who succeeded his coach at Allegany, NJCAA Hall of Famer Bob Kirk, guided the Trojans to a record of 179-94, including a 29-7 mark in 2009 when Allegany advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. The Trojans were 10-17 last season.
“Mike did a great job as head coach for nine years,” said Bazarnic. “But he decided he didn’t want to continue at this point. Like I said, I thought he did a great job and we certainly appreciate that and all Mike has done for the college.”
Reams played football, basketball and baseball at Southern, and was a catcher for Bazarnic’s 2009 Allegany baseball team that won the Region title and advanced to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, Okla. He was recently hired as an instructor at the college and will become a head coach for the first time.
“Tommie said he was interested in doing this and I know he’ll do a good job,” said Bazarnic.
Eberly, a veteran coach at a number of area high schools and in a number of sports, most recently as an assistant boys basketball coach at Mountain Ridge, completed his first season as the Allegany College softball coach in the spring.
Courtney Crislip will return to assist Eberly and the women’s basketball team, which went 3-20 last season.
While Baker was the head men’s basketball coach for the past nine seasons, he had already spent most of his life serving the Allegany program. A graduate of Bedford High School, Baker played center/forward for two seasons at Allegany, and was the co-recipient of the 1974 Maryland JUCO Division A Tournament Most Valuable Player Award in leading the Trojans to the title. He was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year his sophomore season.
After graduating from Frostburg State University, Baker served as an assistant basketball coach for Kirk for 25 seasons and was instrumental in recruiting many of the top players in the country to play for Allegany, among them Steve Francis, Eric Mobley and John Turner, who would play in the NBA. Meanwhile, Francis, Rudy Archer, Tom “Speedy” Jones, Ryan Randle, Jamar Smith and Sterling Ledbetter, a member of Kirk's last Allegany team, would play for the University of Maryland, with Randle helping the Terps to the 2002 NCAA national championship.
Two-time Allegany High School Times-News Area Player of the Year Casey Roberts, an All-Region XX basketball player for Baker and the Trojans, currently plays for Liberty University, which participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
Baker, who also served as the Allegany College softball coach, will remain as an instructor at the college.
Mike Burke is sports editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org