Morgan promotes assistant

Garlic suceeds Estep as Bears women's coach

June 30, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Eager to replace Darcel Estep, Morgan State hired assistant coach Gerard Garlic to run its women's basketball program yesterday.

Garlic, 33, was named coach one week after Estep's departure to take over the St. John's program. Garlic has been an assistant at Morgan State for three seasons, during which the Bears had a 35-49 record.

Morgan State 12-16 last season, returns all five starters and 10 of its letter winners.

"I always thought it would be a great opportunity," Garlic said. "I was involved in getting these young ladies and feel that we're going in the right direction as far as trying to win the MEAC and getting into the big dance."

The Catonsville High and Goucher College product joined Estep's staff in the 1996-97 season. He was an assistant at Beth Tfiloh from 1990 to '92.

Garlic said he's eager to get on the road. The open recruiting season -- the only summer period in which coaches can watch high school players -- began Thursday.

"I will try to get out as soon as possible, but I couldn't do anything until I knew," Garlic said. "[Being hired] allows me to go to different places, but I already knew where I was going to go."

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