Howard Community College has reopened its search for a soccer coach after the job was turned down last week by Neil Gwinn, coach of Glenelg High School's girls soccer team.
Gwinn said the job demands would conflict with his schedule as a guidance counselor in the Carroll County school system.
"I was disappointed," said Steve Musselman, who is in charge of interviewing and selecting a new coach. Musselman is coach of HCC's cross country and track teams. "I thought he would have done real well here. He was a good local coach and that's somebody you want to go with."
HCC will re-advertise the position, Musselman said, adding he ,, expects to fill the vacancy by the end of the month.
"We want to go with someone local," Musselman said. "Somebody that has high school coaching and college playing experience. And maybe even college coaching experience."
The college had one other candidate last month but he withdrew his application. Musselman declined to name the person.
The position became available after Bob Surette resigned last month after only one season to take a similar job at Catonsville Community College. HCC posted a 6-7 record last year.
"[Surette] felt it was a better opportunity," Musselman said. "They are more of a high-powered program and they give scholarships."
HCC doesn't offer athletic scholarships because they are a Division III program and National Junior College Athletic Association rules forbid it.
"I would like to get someone who will stay here a couple of years," Musselman said. "I think if the community sees some consistency, hopefully the kids [recruits] will come around. It doesn't look good if you are constantly changing coaches year after year."
Gwinn, 27, guided the Gladiators to a 7-5-1 record and a berth in the state playoffs last fall in his first full season as a varsity coach. Last year's winning record was the first in the program's 14-year history.
"It would have been great to take the position, but the bottom line is that the job comes first," Gwinn said. "Hopefully there will be another opportunity for me to coach at the college. It might be hard to get a second chance. But maybe I will get another chance to be a college coach in five years or so."
Gwinn will retain his coaching position at Glenelg this fall.