When Tom Sheahin walked through Gaithersburg High School's soon-to-be-completed gymnasium, he envision the future of its boys basketball program.
He sees members of the community he grew up with filling the state-of-the-art facility, watching a team he hopes is competing for region and state championships.
“The plan is with the new school and excitement surrounding it, to get the community involved and build the program from within,” said Sheahin, who was hired as the Trojans' boys basketball coach on Monday. “We want to make the guys feel like they're in something special. That's going to mean hard work on and off the court and hopefully we'll pack the gym.”
Sheahin, who previously coached at Seneca Valley, takes over for Kevin Parrish, who resigned to spend more time with his family after nine years at the helm.
“[Parrish] did a great job for us with the program,” Gaithersburg Athletic Director Jason Woodward said. “Tom is just an outstanding coach. He has a great reputation in the basketball community. We're very excited to have him step in and take over this program and lead our young men.”
Sheahin said Parrish left behind plenty of game film and he's already studying.
He sees the team's size and length as an advantage, with 6-foot-8 center Zach Coalmon and 6-foot-5 Kamonte Carter leading the way. He said Dion and Tyrik Etheridge will also play key roles. He believes if the team makes a commitment to the weight room and offseason training they can make quick improvements from last season's 6-17 campaign.
“I never questioned the effort on film. A lot of times they were just out of position,” Sheahin said. “With some refining and teaching a little more, we'll get going from there.”