Cor­rick re­signs as SMCA AD

Steps down af­ter five years, will re­main school’s base­ball coach

Maryland Independent - - Sports B - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Known for keep­ing God first, Greg Cor­rick just had a pos­i­tive way of reach­ing oth­ers around him.

While serv­ing as the back­bone of the ath­letic depart­ment at South­ern Mary­land Chris­tian Academy since 2011, Cor­rick showed com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion, built nu­mer­ous re­la­tion­ships and in­ter­act­ing with teach­ers, coaches and stu­dent-ath­letes on a daily ba­sis.

But af­ter much thought and con­sid­er­a­tion, Cor­rick re­cently re­signed as the school’s ath­letic di­rec­tor af­ter a five-year stint. He re­mained as the act­ing ath­letic di­rec­tor un­til the end of the school year, which ended of­fi­cially on Thurs­day. A search for a new ath­letic di­rec­tor is on­go­ing.

Due to the high de­mands of the job and per­sonal health con­cerns, Cor­rick felt that it was time to step away from the po­si­tion.

De­spite not be­ing the school’s ath­letic di­rec­tor, Cor­rick will re­main head var­sity base­ball coach that he helped build from the ground up along with

the ath­letic depart­ment.

“This is def­i­nitely sad for me to leave good peo­ple. I’ve had so many mem­o­ries at South­ern Mary­land,” he said. “It has been a great five years, but I just couldn’t han­dle the de­mands of the job and the long hours. I’m ex­cited to start a new chap­ter.”

Three days be­fore Christ­mas in 2014, Cor­rick sur­vived a life-threat­en­ing scare af­ter suf­fer­ing a mas­sive heart at­tack while un­der­go­ing rou­tine surgery on his right shoul­der at Union Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Bal­ti­more.

“I was in the re­cov­ery room and I started hav­ing chest pains. It was a scar y mo­ment for me I nearly died,” Cor­rick said. “The doc­tors were able to save my life within a half hour. They placed a stent in my heart to open up the block­ages. That made me re­al­ize that I take my health more se­ri­ously and just spend more time with my fam­ily. It was just a bless­ing to still be here and sur­vive that.”

Now 1 1/2 years since Cor­rick’s life-chang­ing sit­u­a­tion, he has fo­cused on stay­ing healthy and wants to pos­si­bly go­ing back into

the turf man­age­ment or sports field main­te­nance pro­fes­sions.

Cor­rick pre­vi­ously worked as an as­sis­tant golf course su­per­in­ten­dent at Bre­ton Bay Golf and Coun­try Club in Leonard­town for six years.

“I would like to get back in that field of work, that’s what I like to do,” said Cor­rick. “Be­ing an [ath­letic di­rec­tor] just wore me down phys­i­cally and it was stress­ful at times.”

Cor­rick’s long­time friend Jerry Nel­son, whose helped out Cor­rick with ath­letic du­ties at the school, was a huge sup­port sys­tem for him dur­ing his re­cov­ery stage fol­low­ing the heart at­tack.

“It was sad when I heard that Greg was not go­ing to be the ath­letic di­rec­tor at our school any­more,” Nel­son said. “But I’m be­hind him in what­ever he does no mat­ter what. He is a kind-hearted per­son and he poured out his blood, sweat and tears to the ath­letic depart­ment. He’s done so much for the school and put in a lot of work. I was thank­ing God that Greg was at the hos­pi­tal at the time of his heart at­tack. Ev­ery­thing turned out very good and he re­cov­ered well.”

Cor­rick as the ath­letic di­rec­tor he would work 12- to 14-hour days for five to six days a week that con­sisted of field main­te­nance, sched­ul­ing, uni­form in­ven­tory, equip­ment and pro­vid­ing stu­dent-ath­letes the proper trans­porta­tion to get to and from games.

“Greg is a qual­ity coach and even a bet­ter man,” South­ern Mary­land Chris­tian head boys soc­cer coach Matt Gaines said. “He has a great love of God, kids and sports all wrapped up to­gether, which made him a great fit for [SMCA]. He will be hard to re­place, but I was re­lieved to hear that he was stay­ing on as the base­ball coach.”

Cor­rick, a 1992 grad­u­ate of Glenelg High School in Howard County, helped lead the South­ern Mary­land Chris­tian base­ball pro­gram to back-to-back Mary­land In­de­pen­dent School Ath­letic League ti­tles in 2014 and 2015.

And as a new mem­ber of the Old Line Con­fer­ence this spring, he pro­pelled the Mus­tangs to a reg­u­lar sea­son con­fer­ence crown. They fin­ished with a 21-8 over­all and 9-1 in con­fer­ence play.

“Ev­ery­thing has just been a tes­ta­ment to the help of the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the coaches,” Cor­rick said. “Ath­let­ics has re­ally grown from where we first started and it is go­ing to get even bet­ter.”

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