Daniel out after 20 years as Towson Catholic coach

Silver, coach of girls team, also gone, calls it `a slap'

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April 15, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Mike Daniel, who built Towson Catholic into a perennial power in boys basketball and coached Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, has resigned as Owls coach after 20 years.

"Things have been rough all year, and the new [athletic director] wants to go a different way," said Daniel, who replaced Frank Luca in the middle of the 1985-86 season. "I officially resigned [yesterday]. I put 20 years in there, but apparently changes have to be made with new people."

Jeff Palumbo, the Owls' first-year athletic director and assistant principal, confirmed that he told Daniel at a meeting yesterday that "we have a different philosophy now and will do things differently.

"We've been looking into changing some things, and the biggest thing is to have our coaches in the building," Palumbo said. "It's no reflection on Mike."

Girls basketball coach Tiffany Silver, who took the Owls from a 1-18 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference team to a 15-10 A Conference contender in three years, also is being replaced.

Silver, 24, said she did not resign, but that Palumbo also told her yesterday the program was going in a different direction.

"This is very unfortunate," said Silver, whose Owls have been ranked in The Sun's Top 15 the past two seasons for the first time since they were a national power in the mid-1980s. "I built the program. Nobody considered going to Towson Catholic until I got there. I feel like it's a slap in the face to me."

Daniel, who does not teach at Towson Catholic, has led the Owls to an overall 361-185 (.661) record in 20 years, including 26-12 this past season and a No. 7 Sun ranking.

During his tenure, the Owls made eight appearances in the Baltimore Catholic League final, winning in 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1998.

"I could end up somewhere else," said Daniel, who said more than 60 of his players have received college scholarships over the years. "But my main concern is that my kids are taken care of at TC. My top priority was having my kids put their names on scholarships and doing things the right way."

NOTES: Tony Martin, who built the Archbishop Spalding boys into a local power and left after the 1998-99 season to take an assistant's job at Towson University, was hired as coach at John Carroll. ... Loyola coach Mike Hibbs resigned after one season (9-20) to take the vacant job at Good Counsel in Wheaton.

Sun staff writer Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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