After weeks of practices, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) are finally beginning their respective seasons. Both teams will open up play on Nov. 15 at the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC) Arena. This home doubleheader will include the men’s game against Gallaudet University at 6 p.m. and the women’s game against the Catholic University of America at 8 p.m. Both teams are looking forward to starting off the season on a high note.
For the SMCM women’s team, Nov. 15 will be the first game played under new head coach C.K. Calhoun. Coach Calhoun is now the 14th head coach in program history and is embarking on her second head coaching job. She was previously the head coach of Shenandoah for two seasons (2012-2013, 2013-2014) as well as an interim head coach at Lafayette for two different stints. In total Calhoun has coached collegiate basketball for eleven years (three at the Division 1 level) according to smcmathletics.com. This experience will hopefully bode well for the Seahawk program.
Coming off the heels of a 2016-17 season that saw the women’s team finish at 7-18 overall (5-13 in conference), the Seahawks hope that Calhoun’s new coaching regime will help propel them to even more wins this season.
The Seahawks will be led this year by seniors Kerri Kline, Christine Morin, Olivia Nowlin, Gillian Rosenzweig-Stein, and Bella Vagnoni. Kline, Morin, and junior Katie Robey will all serve as captains for this season.
Both the men’s and women’s squads will host the second annual Dan Greene Memorial Invitational, beginning on Nov. 17. The women’s team will take on Hood College on Nov. 17 and Washington College the next afternoon. For the men’s team, they will just be playing a single game against Lynchburg on Nov. 19.
The SMCM men’s team will once again face a non-NCAA Division III opponent, this year playing Towson State on Nov. 27. In previous years, the Seahawks have played teams such as Bowie State and the University of Maryland College Park. In five such contests, SMCM has posted a 1-4 record. The game against Towson will not count towards the Seahawks’ overall record but will allow them to take on a very tough opponent. In three out of the five years, the Seahawks have played a non-Division III team, they have made the NCAA tournament, according to smcmathletics.com.
This will be head coach Chris Harney’s 13th season at the helm of the men’s basketball program Seahawk program. During his tenure at SMCM, Harney has won three Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) coach of the year awards (2010, 2011, 2013) as well led his squads to three CAC championships according to smcmathletics.com. Coach Harney will once again be looking to replicate that success this season.