Mount Hebron wrestling coach Michael Duffy, The Sun's 2001-02 All-Metro Coach of the Year, has resigned to devote time to graduate classes at Loyola College.
Duffy, who will stay on for his fourth year as the Vikings' athletic director, said he will work as an assistant to Sean Alkire, whom Duffy has hired to replace him. Alkire has been a head coach at DuVal of Prince George's County and an assistant at Wilde Lake.
In 2001-02, Duffy guided the Vikings to an 18-0 record and Howard County, region and Class 4A-3A state dual meet titles. That season, he also led them to a runner-up finish in the county tournament and a first-place finish in the regional tournament. The team established dual meet records for total points scored and least points allowed.
"I received my graduate schedule of classes, and realized that I'd be missing at least two practices a week and at least two matches on the year," said Duffy, 30, who was to enter his eighth coaching season.
"That wouldn't be fair to the kids, so I handed in my resignation and told the kids [yesterday]."