Hammond's Mongelli is ejected

Two technicals will force coach to sit another game

Girls basketball

High schools

January 30, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Hammond coach Mike Mongelli became the county's third girls basketball coach this season to be ejected when he received a double technical in the fourth quarter of yesterday's home game against Centennial.

Hammond athletic director Bob Maxey, who was in the gym when Mongelli was told to leave, said that Mongelli would have to sit out his team's next game. The Golden Bears are scheduled to play tomorrow at Wilde Lake.

Basketball coaches Ciaran Lesikar of Glenelg and Marcus Lewis of Oakland Mills were each ejected in separate games this season, but neither sat out the next game.

According to county rules, an athlete must miss the next game after an ejection. But the county does not have that rule for coaches although it will next year, according to Don Disney, county coordinator of athletics. Currently, each principal decides if a coach sits out after an ejection.

Maxey said an in-house memo dated Nov. 24, 1999, was given to all Hammond coaches that included a new ejection rule that read: "If a coach is ejected he/she will sit out the next game. Same as athlete."

Last fall, three coaches were ejected: River Hill's Bill Stara (boys soccer), Mount Hebron's Jonathan Davis (girls soccer) and Long Reach's Kelly Snyder (field hockey). Snyder sat out the next game.

A year ago, Howard girls basketball coach Shannon Grieve was ejected and told by her principal to sit out the next game. Grieve said yesterday it is unfair that coaches are treated differently.

Basketball coaches sometimes draw a technical foul to help spark their team. But Grieve said she doesn't have that option.

"It's a coaching tool that's been taken away from me and not the others," Grieve said. "I will not get ejected from a game this season because I know the consequence, and I will not do that to my team."

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