No fewer than five Montgomery County Public Schools athletic programs will start the 2015-2016 campaign with a new boys varsity head basketball coach.
Blake, Gaithersburg, Paint Branch, Watkins Mill and Wootton have all had coaches step down this offseason.
Paint Branch has hired former Wootton head coach Chris Bohlen to take over the program. He replaces Walter Hardy, who stepped down to become the new athletic director at Kennedy.
Former Montrose Christian assistant Erick Graves, a co-founder of the Maryland Basketball Academy, will replace Bohlen at Wootton.
Marcus Wiggins has stepped down as Blake’s head coach after spending nearly a decade at the helm of the Silver Spring school.
“I can confirm that coach Wiggins has resigned as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Blake,” said Blake athletic director Jared Fribush. “We appreciate everything he has given to our student-athletes and community during his tenure and are happy that he will remain as a teacher at the school.”
Wiggins, a former Bengals assistant coach, replaced Damon Pigrom as Blake’s head coach in 2006 after the Hampton University graduate departed for an assistant coaching job at Catholic University.
Jay Tringone has parted ways at Watkins Mill, and Jeff Holda has replaced Tom Sheahin at Gaithersburg.
“I’m just super excited,” said Holda, who has coached the Trojans’ junior varsity squad for the past nine years and has also served as a varsity assistant under former head coaches Kevin Parrish and Sheahin. “I feel like now it’s time for me to put my own little touch on things, and [I’m] excited for the kids and we have some great talent coming back. And it’s a great school and a great program.”