Matt Miller just finished his fifth season as head coach of St. Maria Goretti’s Varsity Basketball program. Miller has led the Gaels to 100 wins over the last four seasons while competing in the Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) and the Inter Parochial Athletic Conference (IPSL). During the 2014-15 season, Goretti won a MAIT Championship and IPSL Championship (by defeating St. James). In 2015 Miller received the Inside Sports Coach of the Year award. In 2016-17, the Gaels won the MAIT tournament, IPSL Championship, and were Co-Champions of the regular season of the BCL, which is the first BCL regular season title since 2001. Coach Miller was named the 2017 Baltimore Catholic League Coach of the Year, Washington County Coach of the Year, Inside Sports Coach of the Year, and @WashCountyHoops Coach of the Year. The team advanced to Alhambra for the first time since 2001 where they beat nationally ranked DeMatha. Three players received BCL honors and five players received All-County Honors. In the 2017-18 season, the Gaels tied for the second most wins in school history. The Gaels won the MAIT and BCCC tournaments, while winning the IPSL Championship. Goretti also advanced to the BCL semifinals and the Alhambra tournament for the second consecutive year.
In four seasons, three players have gone on to play Division I basketball and five players have gone on to play Division II basketball. Several current players have received Division I scholarship offers and other players have received college recruitment at Division II and Division III.
Prior to Goretti, Miller was the top assistant coach at Shepherd University in 2013-14. He was responsible for practice teaching, game day coaching, scouting, and recruiting. Shepherd enjoyed its best year since 1992, going 20-10.
Miller was also the boys varsity basketball head coach and a physical education and health teacher at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland from 2008-2013. During his five-year tenure, the Bulldogs had their most successful run in more than 30 years. His teams earned a 79-41 (.658) record and won an unprecedented three consecutive division titles. He was named Montgomery County Coach of the Year in 2011 by three separate media outlets. His teams also garnered back-to-back Montgomery County Public School Sportsmanship Awards in 2011 and 2012. Miller sent several players to the collegiate ranks and coached nine Montgomery County All-Stars and two Capital Classic All-Stars while at Churchill.
Prior to Churchill, Miller was head coach at Wheaton High School in Wheaton, Maryland (2007-08). He was also an assistant coach at Marymount University (2006-07), at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland (2005-06) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2004-05). In 2006, Walt Whitman won the Maryland 4A State Boys Championship.
Miller is a 2005 graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he majored in economics and he received a master’s degree in education from Marymount University in 2008. He was a three-year member of the men’s basketball team at St. Mary’s College. Miller graduated from Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. He also holds a certificate in Educational Leadership from Hood College.
Miller currently resides in Frederick, MD and is also the Dean of Students at St. Maria Goretti HS.
2017-18 Boys Basketball Newsletter
Volume II, Issue VI
Session I: June 18-21 Co-ed
Session II: June 25-28 Boys
Session III: July 30-August 2 Co-ed
9th Grade Head Coach
Head JV/ Assistant Varsity Coach
4th year Assistant Coach, JV Head Coach
Has a key role as being the Director of Player Development. Specializes in developing young players and showing them the ropes. His role has been key as he works with both the JV and Varsity teams. His responsibilities include scouting, recruiting, player development, and strength and conditioning. Coach Sid played at Shepherd University in Shepherd, WV where he scored over 800 career points and grabbed over 400 rebounds. He played his high school basketball at St. Paul’s School in the Baltimore area where he scored over 700 points and grabbed over 500 rebounds. Sid majored in exercise science at Shepherd.
Assistant JV CoachDylan, Goretti class of 2011, played for Coach Amrit Rayfield in his final year at Goretti. After graduation, he attended MCI (Maine Central Institute) to further his academic and basketball career. MCI is a part of the very competitive New England NEPSAC. After a year at MCI, Dylan would end up at Penn State Altoona for his college career. During his career at PSUA, Dylan was a two-time captain and two-year starter for the Lions. Dylan is 4th on the Lion’s career record list for minutes averaged per game with 32.5 and 7th on the Lion’s record list with 99 three-pointers made. Dylan played two years at Penn State Altoona. Also during his time at Penn State Altoona, Dylan would be inducted into the prestigious Sheetz Fellows Entrepreneurial Program. After graduation, Dylan went to work at Brand Demon Marketing Agency as their Social Media Specialist until he decided to relocate back to the Hagerstown area. Currently Dylan is focused on building his company “Leazier Enterprises”, freelance consulting for brands, and helping his father run the family business “Colonial Bar & Grill.”
Assistant Varsity Coach
6th year Assistant Coach
Former Graduate Assistant Coach at Mount St. Mary’s University. Played at Mount St. Mary’s University. Played in one NCAA Tournament. Received undergraduate degree and graduate degree from The Mount.
Assistant Varsity Coach
4th year Assistant Coach at Goretti.
A lifelong resident of Washington County, Simmers served in the Air Force from 1982 to 1987. He graduated from Hagerstown Community College and Frostburg State University and is a retired Sergeant from the Hagerstown Department of Police.
Assistant Varsity Coach
Assistant JV/V Coach
6th year at Goretti
Attended Youngstown State on a partial athletic/academic scholarship. While there, he was a member of the football, basketball, and track teams.
Transferred to Frostburg State University where he obtained his business degree and played for the men’s basketball team.
Coach for over 14 years– in the Boonsboro Area Boys Basketball League and the Washington County Middle School Basketball League. Zinaich has also been an active coach in AAU basketball, originally with Suns 4 Life; and for the past few years with Unfinished Business in Washington County.
He has been the head coach of the Freshman Boys Basketball team at Goretti and is an assistant with the Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys Basketball programs.
HIGHLIGHTS & EVENTS
The Gaels won the MAIT tournament, IPSL title, Benedictine City Capital Classic Tournament, reached semi-finals in BCL tournament, and had a 5th place finish at Alhambra (in the second consecutive appearance).
ACIT 2nd-Team All Tournament: RJ Blakney
BCL All-Tournament Team, press release
Abdou Tsimbula 2nd Team
Josh Mack Honorable Mention
Trey Boothe Never Quit Award
W 58-46 vs. Mt. St. Joe’s in Alhambra Invitational, press release
W 84-49 vs. Bishop Walsh in Alhambra Invitational, press release
L 59-48 vs. DeMatha in Alhambra Invitational, press release
L 54-51 vs. Mt. St. Joe, press release
W 57-49 vs. Loyola
W 75-57 vs. Broadfording
W 83-39 vs. Avalon
Josh Mack- 17pts
RJ Blakney who has now scored over 1,100 points scored 15.
W 70-58 vs. Mt. Carmel, press release
W 72-61 vs. John Carroll, press release
W 76-46 vs. Spalding, press release
W 74-48 vs. Cesar Chavez, WDVM Video Footage
W 65-50 vs. Boys Latin, ranked #6 by Baltimore Sun
W 58-35 vs. Spalding, press release.
W 68-64 vs. St James IPSL Championship, WDVM Video Footage
W 82-56 vs. Kiski Prep
L 66-33 vs. St. Francis
W 55-33 vs. Calvert Hall
W 63-48 vs. Mercersburg, press release.
W 63-56 vs. Loyola, press release.
W 61-47 vs. Patterson
RJ Blakney 9 rebounds
Abdou 14 rebounds
Rahsaan Edwards 6 rebounds 5 assists
James Searcy with 3 4th quarter 3s and 4 rebounds to lead the Gaels with 17pts
Tuesday, January 8, 2018 Read Herald-Mail Sports Notebook “Area’s big men are standing head, shoulders above rest.”
L 60-43 vs. Mt. St. Joe, press release.
W 68-41 vs. Sandy Spring
Matt Rogers 10 rebounds
Przemek Golek 4 steals, 4 assists and 3 blocks
PrepHoops Week 6 Power Rankings: Goretti #12
WDVM Highlights Junior RJ Blakney, video footage.
Benedictine Tournament Champions, press release.
Championship Game: W 62-49 vs. St. Stephen St. Agnes
Semi-Finals: W 65-49 vs. LaSalle
Game 1: W 70-54 vs. Potomac
W 64-52 vs. Mt. Carmel, video footage.
Goretti ranked 14th in state: December 18 Maryland State Rankings view here.
W 60-59 vs. John Carroll, press release.
W 71-59 vs. St. James, press release.
L 56-41 vs. Woodrow Wilson, press release.
L 56-55 vs. Pallotti
L 58-73 vs. Gonzaga
L 59-62 vs. St Frances
L 49-62 vs. Mt. St. Joe, press release.
Josh Mack- 12 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 rebounds.
W 65-48 vs. Calvert Hall, press release.
W 65-48 vs. Virginia Academy, WDVM Video Coverage
W 79-47 vs. Chapelgate , press release.
Class of 2017: Read more from Herald Mail Sports here: Goretti’s Kuhn, Clarance sign with D-1 Hoops Programs.
Elijah Clarance, Division I, Illinois State
Jake Kuhn, Division I, Cornell
Chris McAboy, Division II, Shepherd University
Ameka Akaya, Air Force Prep
Thomas Blake, Division I, University of North Dakota
Donte Doleman, Division II, Davis and Elkins
Tyrus Fleedwood, NAIA, Washington Adventist University
Toby Christensen, Division II, Southern Connecticut.
Martin Geben, Division I, Notre Dame Read more here.
Isaiah Harris Winn, Division III, EMU
Uvan Stewart, Division III, Goucher College
Gavin Rajahpillay, Point Park College
Connor Zinaich, NAIA, St. Andrews University, NC
Ryan Grant, Division III, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
2016-17 Season: 29-9 12-4 BCL, 4-0 IPSL; 2016 MAIT Champions; IPSL Champions;
BCL Co-Regular Season Champions; Alhambra Tournament 2nd Round
2017 BCL Regular Season Co-Champions with Mt. St. Joseph.
Elijah Clarance – 1st Team All-BCL
Jake Kuhn – 2nd Team All-BCL
RJ Blakney- BCL Honorable Mention
Kyle Pope- Never Ever Quit Award
Matt Miller- BCL Coach of the Year
2016-17 All-IPSL Boys Basketball Team:
Herald Mail All-County. Read press release here.
The Herald-Mail Washington County Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Elijah Clarance
1st Team All-County: RJ Blakney, Jake Kuhn
2nd Team All-County: Amir Harris
Honorable Mention: Josh Mack
Washington County Coach of the Year: Matt Miller. Read press release here.
Mon., March 20, 2017 from Inside Sports Antietam Cable 2017 Winter Sports Awards Show Watch here.
Sat., March 11, 2017 from Herald Mail Media Mount Carmel Beats Goretti at the Buzzer Read more here.
Fri., March 10, 2017 from Herald Mail Media Goretti can’t hit final shot against Gonzaga Read more here.
Thurs., March 9, 2017 from Herald Mail Media Cardiac Clarance lifts Goretti to stunning upset of national powerhouse DeMatha Read more here.
Weds., March 8, 2017 from Herald Mail Media Gaels get crack at DeMatha with trip to Alhambra Read more here.
Thurs., March 2, 2017 from Herald Mail Media Goretti tops Spalding to end BCL tournament drought. Read more here.
Thurs., March 2, 2017 from WHAG Spalding vs. Goretti Watch video here.
Fri., Feb. 25, 2017 from WHAG Goretti vs. Cesar Chavez. Watch video here.
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017 from WHAG Goretti vs. South Hagerstown. Watch video here.
Mon., Feb. 13, 2017 from WHAG Monday MVP: Goretti’s RJ Blakney. Watch video here.
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017 from Herald Mail Media Gaels Win; MSJ loss tightens BCL picture. Read more here.
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 from WHAG Goretti’s Clarance finds home in Hagerstown. Watch video here.
Weds., Feb. 1, 2017 from Herald Mail Media Clarance paces Goretti past Calvert Hall. Read more here.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017 from Herald Mail Media Cardiac Clarance strikes again to give Goretti IPSL title. Read more here.
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017 From Herald Mail Media Goretti holds off John Carroll in BCL Hoops Read more here.
Jan. 9, 2017 From Herald Mail Media Which teams are making the grade? Read more here.
Weds., Jan 4, 2017 From Herald Mail Media Goretti’s Clarance nails buzzer beater to upset MSJ Read more here.
Tues., Jan. 3, 2017 From Herald Mail Media Goretti Tops St. Frances in OT , stays unbeaten in BCL Read more here.
Th., Dec. 29, 2016 From Herald Mail Media Kuhn’s Hot Hand Points Way for Goretti Read more here.
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016 From Herald Mail Media Goretti Boys Pull Away From Loyola in 2nd Half Read more here.
WHAG December Student Athletes of the Month: Jake Kuhn. Watch video here.
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 From Herald Mail Media Clarance leads Goretti Boys Past Boys Latin Read more here.
Sat., Nov 26, 2016 From Herald Mail Media In Winning MAIT, Goretti Flipped the Script Read more here.
St. Maria Goretti wins the 34th Annual MAIT Championship 48-46 vs. McDonogh, previous MAIT champions. “It was a script reversal from last year’s final when McDonogh scored the game’s final 13 points to come from behind to beat Goretti, 55-45.” (Herald Mail). Elijah Clarance named Most Outstanding Player, Jake Kuhn and Amir Harris nominated to All-Tournament Team. Coach Miller winning coach’s award.