By TIM KOELBLE
11:58 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
Eric Gerber has decided to live by an old cliché.
Gerber will no longer be the most tenured coach among Washington County boys basketball teams after deciding to leave his post at Smithsburg.
“Obviously it boiled down to that cliché,” said Gerber. “To be good takes a lot of time in the offseason and now it’s time to be with the family. I don’t want to ask the kids to do something that I don’t want to do myself.”
Gerber, 42, was 134-170 in 12 years at Smithsburg, including this past season’s run to the Maryland Class 1A state semifinals at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center.
The Leopards finished the 2011-12 season with a 20-6 record, losing to New Town in the state semifinals, in what became Gerber’s final game.
“It was the most rewarding year and successful in terms of wins and losses,” said Gerber, who teaches social studies at Smithsburg High School. “It was a nice way to coach your last game at Comcast Center.
“I just wish over the years we would have had more W’s and competed more against teams like North and South,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed the kids and the game.”
Gerber will continue to teach at the school and direct his focus to the classroom.
“I’ve enjoyed support from the community and from the athletic department and I thank everyone,” said Gerber.
Smithsburg Athletic Director Teresa Bachtell said the coaching position would be posted today and the goal is to have a new coach in place in time for summer league activity.
“It will be impossible to replace a person like Eric Gerber,” said Bachtell. “He teaches more than X’s and O’s or drills or strategies. He teaches them about life and how to be a gentleman.”
Gerber also played basketball at Smithsburg and was a member of the 1988 team that went to the state tournament.
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