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JV boys basketball @ John Carroll

December 17 @ 12:00 pm
Bel Air MD 21014
Sun 17

Varsity boys basketball @ John Carroll

December 17 @ 2:00 pm
Bel Air MD 21014
Thu 21

JV girls basketball vs. Mountain Ridge

December 21 @ 4:30 pm
Hagerstown MD
Thu 21

Varsity girls basketball vs. Mountain Ridge

December 21 @ 6:00 pm
Hagerstown MD


Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Varsity Head Coach

Email Coach Miller

Phone: (301) 739-4266 x160


Matt Miller completed his third season as head coach of St. Maria Goretti’s Varsity Basketball program. Miller has led the Gaels to 69 wins over the last three 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 three seasons, three players have gone on to play Division I basketball and three 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 is recently completing his 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 I

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Jamiur King

Jamiur King

9th Grade Head Coach

Sidney McCray

Sidney McCray

Head JV/ Assistant Varsity Coach

Email Coach Sidney McCray

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.


Dylan Leazier

Dylan Leazier

Assistant JV Coach

Dylan, 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.”

Sam Atupem

Sam Atupem

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.

Kevin Simmers

Kevin Simmers

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.

Landy Thompson

Landy Thompson

Assistant Varsity Coach

1st year
Landy Thompson joins the Goretti coaching staff this season as a varsity assistant coach. He played for Coach Jim Phelan and Coach Milan Brown at Mt. St. Mary’s where he played in 113 games and averaged 15.3ppg, 3.6apg, 2.8apg, and scored 1733pts in his college career. He currently lives locally in Hagerstown with his wife and two kids. He works in Frederick in accounting.
John Zinaich

John Zinaich

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.


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.

W 63-40 vs. Loyola, Herald-Mail Video coverage,  press release 

Josh Mack- 12 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 rebounds.

W 65-48 vs. Calvert Hall, press release.

MAIT Tournament

W 83-72 vs. St. Andrew’s for Championship, press release, WDVM Video Coverage

W 101-34 vs. Bishop Walsh, press release, WDVM Video Coverage

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

Goretti Alums:

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

Elijah Clarance, class of 2017, signs to play Division I basketball at Illinois State.


Chris McAboy, class of 2017, signs his letter of intent to play Division II basketball at Shepherd University.


Ameka Akaya with his family as he signs to play basketball with the Air Force.

Jake Kuhn, class of 2017, commits to playing Division I basketball at Cornell University.


Donte Doleman with his family as he signs to play Division II basketball at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia.


Martinas Geben, class of 2014, signs his letter of intent to play Division I basketball at Notre Dame University.


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.

BCL honors 1 BCL Honors 2

BCL Awards:

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:

Elijah Clarance

Jake Kuhn

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.

Fri., Jan. 20, 2017 From Herald Mail Media Gaels Dunk Past Saints Read more here. Watch video highlights 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.


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