For the third time in a year and the second time in two weeks, Glenelg High School athletic director Chuck Struhar has named a new varsity wrestling coach.
Brian Chadwick, a 27-year-old electrician who was a successful wrestler at Oakland Mills High, takes over the Gladiators this week in his first position as head coach.
Chadwick replaces Jeff Hash, Struhar's original choice, who was called to active Navy duty in Saudi Arabia last week. Hash had been selected to replace Joe Thomas, who took over the program last year and guided the Gladiators to a third-place finish at the county tournament. Thomas informed Struhar earlier this fall he wouldn't be returning.
"It feels like this is their third coach in about a week. The kids are going back and forth here," Struhar said. "I think Brian is going to be a very hard worker. I was real impressed with his demeanor. He has an excellent wrestling background. He gave me all the right answers during our interview."
Chadwick, a 1981 graduate of Oakland Mills, wrestled for four years under former Scorpions coach Steve Carnahan. He finished second in the county and the region at 105 pounds as a junior, before winning both 105-pound titles as a senior.
His previous coaching experience includes two years in the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, where he coached elementary and middle-school students.
Chadwick's hiring was announced just three days before the Gladiators are scheduled to begin practice -- tomorrow.
"It's a little rushed, in that I haven't gotten a chance to meet with the wrestlers, but I know basically what I want to do," Chadwick said. "I know they have a lot of potential."
Two of the Gladiators' returning wrestlers -- senior Andy Arnsmeyer and sophomore Kevin Neville -- finished second in the county tournament last year.
"I'm shooting to finish in the top three in the county and to take somebody to the states," Chadwick added.