HAGERSTOWN —After 22 years coaching basketball at St. Maria Goretti, Todd Rideout is stepping aside to take a breather.
Athletic director David Blenckstone announced that Rideout is leaving as girls basketball coach, and also said that Sheldon Henry has been named the new coach.
Rideout has been the head girls coach for 12 years after spending 10 years assisting Cokey Robertson with the boys.
It was a decision that just came about recently.
“I thought about it and probably needed a break,” Rideout said. “A new person will give them a new voice in the program. But I hope to come back somewhere, probably with the boys.”
Rideout has been a pillar of strength, coaching while suffering from a spinal cord injury that leaves him in a wheelchair.
“Coach Rideout has given his heart and soul to the basketball program and everyone in the Goretti community appreciates his efforts,” Blenckstone said.
Rideout said he’ll stay involved. He plans to help with the Lee Green camps.
Goretti’s new coach comes with experience. Henry spent five years as the head girls basketball coach at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick, Md., where Henry lives.
Henry, who coached his son and daughter at St. John’s, will also become the Director of Educational Technology, officially taking over that position in June.
“We are very fortunate that coach Henry, with his impressive coaching résumé, will lead our girl’s program into the future,” Blenckstone said.
Henry’s last season was in 2011-12, when he led St. John’s to a 23-4 season and a second straight IAAM championship.
Henry also coached girls soccer at St. John’s and won five IAAM titles.
“I am very excited about coming to Goretti,” Henry said. “We played them, I know the girls and I’m looking forward to working with student-athletes building a foundation.”
“We’re going to try and build a solid team atmosphere. I’d like to get them involved in summer league basketball and get some early bonding.”
A graduate of Adelphia University at Long Island, N.Y., Henry currently works in Sterling, Va.