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Becraft resigns as Skipjacks´ men´s hoop coach
Szymanski says successor to be named in the "very immediate future"

WYE MILLS - Dale Becraft, who kept the Skipjacks competitive in one of the top JuCo men´s basketball conferences in the country, resigned Wednesday after two seasons as Chesapeake College´s head coach.

Becraft, who compiled a 32-22 record with the Skipjacks, said the part-time nature of the coaching position was the chief reason for his resignation.

"For the past two years I have tried to run the program at Chesapeake College while working a variety of part-time jobs, trying to support my family while pursuing a dream," said Becraft. "It has finally come to the point where I need to look to full-time employment in order to support my family."

Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski said the college was indebted to Becraft for his work over the past two years.

"Dale has worked tirelessly over the last two years to build a competitive program that also emphasized a commitment to our student athletes´ academic needs," said Szymanski. "We all appreciate Dale´s commitment to the college and his players."

Becraft said leaving after two seasons was a difficult decision, but that he hopes to be able to combine his desire to coach with a full-time employment opportunity "whether that means moving up to a four-year college, moving back to the high school level, or finding a full-time JuCo position."

Becraft, who has coached a variety of sports at multiple levels, had his greatest success at Southern Maryland Christian Academy, where he was head boys´ basketball coach from 2000 to 2003. Becraft took over a struggling SMCA program midway through the 1999-2000 season, then built a program that went 68-23 over the next three years.

Becraft´s 2001-2002 SMCA team went 31-5, losing in the Division IA finals of the National Association of Christian Athletics, a 1200-member athletic association. His 2002-2003 squad went 25-7 and finished fourth nationally after moving up to NACA Division I.

Becraft also served as head boys´ basketball coach at McDonough and Calvert high schools in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, and was head football coach at high schools in both Maryland and Virginia.

"I want to thank Frank Szymanski and the Chesapeake College administration for the opportunity to grow professionally and wish both he and the college nothing but the best," said Becraft. " I hope that the last two years has been as beneficial for the college as it has been for me."

Szymanski said the college, which has enjoyed five consecutive winning seasons in men´s basketball, has already begun the search for a new coach. He said the college anticipates filling the position "in the very immediate future."

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