Morgan women's coach Garlic fired after 1-27 season

Two years after winning MEAC coaching honors, he's looking for a job

College Basketball

March 15, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Gerard Garlic's three-year roller-coaster ride as Morgan State's women's basketball coach has ended.

Garlic went from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year two years ago to a dismal 1-27 record this season, prompting the school not to renew his two-year contract that followed one year as interim head coach.

"The good times [17-12 overall record, 12-6 in conference] two years ago were easily forgotten," said Garlic. "I'm disappointed they made this decision. I feel I should have been given at least one more year and probably two to three more years to turn this program around."

Morgan State athletic director David Thomas said yesterday, "The bottom line is we need to upgrade our program. We need someone with a different philosophy. We want an experienced coach who will instill a sense of winning in our players."

Thomas said he wants a coach "who will teach us how to win."

He said he prefers someone who has experience in coaching in the MEAC, but that is not a prerequisite.

Morgan dipped to a 10-18 record in 2000-2001 and hit rock bottom this season.

Garlic, 36, said there were extenuating circumstances in the 1-27 season.

"My top recruit didn't make it academically and had to attend a junior college in Kansas," he said. "And we had all kind of injuries. It takes four years to get your own team on the floor under normal circumstances, and I was hurt by not being allowed to recruit my first year, when I was an interim coach." Garlic said he had four seniors, one sophomore and four freshmen on this year's team.

"So you can see I was getting closer to having my recruits on the floor," he said.

Garlic took over as interim coach after Darcel Estep resigned to become head coach at St John's in the Big East. Garlic had been an assistant to Estep for three seasons at Morgan.

Garlic was an outstanding point guard at Catonsville High and Goucher College before going into coaching.

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