Jack Mehl was named Hood's head women's basketball coach and academic and support services coordinator on July 22, 2011. In his first season as the Blazers' mentor in 2011-12, Hood posted a record of 6-18 overall. Under Mehl's tutelage, Dyanna Prater '13 became the first Hood women's basketball player to earn all-Capital Athletic Conference honors with her selection to the second team.
Mehl owns a stellar career record of more than three decades mentoring local talent.
Mehl spent a total of 18 seasons at the helm of the Frederick Community College women's basketball program, guiding the Cougars to national prominence. The career mathematics teacher in the Frederick County School system and a graduate alumnus of Hood began his coaching career at the high school level in the early 1980s.
Mehl compiled a record of 393-162 (.708) at FCC from 1988-2002 and 2006-10, which included 11 consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories. During his two stints at FCC, the Cougars won six regional championships, five state titles and earned five national tournament berths. Mehl's best season at FCC came during the 2000-01 campaign when the Cougars finished as the runner-up in the national tournament. He has been honored with numerous coach of the year awards during his tenure.
Mehl also served as the varsity girls and junior varsity boys basketball coach at Brunswick High School, the assistant boys basketball coach at Linganore High School and the head coach of Brunswick Middle School's seventh and eighth grade squad.
Mehl has served as a mathematics department chair and teacher at Brunswick High School since 1979. He was also a student government adviser, an administrator of Brunswick's club program and a tutor and financial director for an after-school tutoring program.
The Basking Ridge, N.J., native earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Bucknell University in 1979. He earned a master of arts degree in the human sciences with an individualized concentration in school curriculum from Hood in 1988. Mehl has garnered several professional accolades, including the 2007 Charles Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award. He was also inducted into the Alvin Quinn YMCA Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a finalist for the 1991 Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award by the Maryland Council of Teachers in Mathematics.
Mehl's wife, Carrie, works for FCPS as a secondary teacher specialist. They are the parents of two sons; Timothy is a teacher at Lebanon Middle School and assistant men's soccer coach at his alma mater, Lebanon Valley College, and Bradley is a recent graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School who will be attending LVC in the fall as well.
Allyson Lethbridge '11
Allyson Lethbridge '11 returned to her alma mater to serve as a graduate assistant with the Blazers beginning in 2011-12.
A native of Union Bridge, Md., and Francis Scott Key High School product, Lethbridge graduated in May 2011 with degrees in history and secondary education. A four-year starter for the Blazers, she will go down in the Hood annals as one of the most lethal three-point shooters all-time. Lethbridge became the eighth women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points on February 5, 2011 and ranks third all-time in threes with 122. As a senior, she led the squad in scoring and ranked in the top 10 in the CAC in scoring, free-throw percentage and field goal percentage. In 91 career games, she logged 88 starts, scored 1,055 points, grabbed 366 rebounds, dished 164 assists and made 142 steals.
Lethbridge was also inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma national athlete honor society and is a three-time CAC all-academic team member. At the 2011 senior student-athlete awards banquet, she was honored as Hood's most outstanding female student-athlete.
Lethbridge is currently pursuing a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Hood and teaches sixth grade social studies at Walkersville Middle School.
Jen Moxley joined the Blazer women's basketball staff in 2011-12 and will serve as a graduate assistant in 2012-13.
A native of Mt. Airy, Md., Moxley received her associates of arts degree in general studies from Frederick Community College in 2009. Moxley played for Coach Mehl for her two seasons there and served as team captain during the 2008-09 season. Upon graduation from FCC, Moxley was honored the Outstanding Graduate Athlete Award in 2009. She then transferred to Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Moxley graduated cum laude from SU with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and a minor in biology in 2011.
Moxley earned two letters as a member of the Hornets' basketball team and captain the squad as a senior. She also represented Shenandoah on the USA South's all-academic team and all-sportsmanship teams. In 2011, Moxley was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society.
Since 2004, Moxley has assisted as a camp counselor at the Frederick County Basketball Summer Camp. She also worked in the admissions offices at both FCC and Shenandoah during her undergrad years.
Adrienne Donelson enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Blazer women’s basketball team.
A 2011 graduate of Flager College in St. Augustine, Fla., Donelson earned her bachelor of arts degree in secondary education social science. Donelson played a vital role on the Saints’ basketball team. In 2010, she ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA in field goal percentage. In 2011, during her final season in a Saints’ uniform, Donelson garnered the MVP award and broke the school record for blocked shots.
Donelson brings previous coaching experience to the Blazers. Last winter, Donelson served as an assistant coach to the St. Joseph Academy varsity women’s basketball team in St. Augustine, Fla. This past spring, Donelson served as an assistant coach for the Middletown Spirit basketball team.
The 2012-13 basketball season marks Antwan Nixon's third as a member of Blazer women's basketball coaching staff.
Nixon is a 1997 graduate of Walkersville High School who went on to play one season at St. Mary's College (Md.) under the late great coach Bob Flynn.
He began his coaching career at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in 2002-03 as the ninth grade girls head coach and assistant varsity coach. Nixon's 2003 squad captured the 4A Region championship. In 2003-04, he took over as the junior varsity boys and assistant varsity coach at Gettysburg Area High School. Nixon then returned to T.J. in 2004 as the Patriots' head junior varsity and assistant varsity girls basketball coach.
Nixon stepped into the college ranks in 2008 when he served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Salisbury University before coming to Hood last season.
Additionally, Nixon worked the Keystone State Basketball Camp from 1998-2008.
Brad Spielman joins the Hood women's basketball program as an assistant coach in 2012-13.
Hailing from Hancock High School in Hancock, Md., Spielman graduated from Frostburg State University in 2010 with a degree in physical education and health with a minor in coaching.
Spielman was a three-sport athlete in high school, competing in cross country, basketball and track and field. Over the course of his basketball career, he racked up various school records in assists and steals.
After playing two years at Frostburg State, Spielman had his collegiate coaching debut in 2008. From 2008-2010, he served as a student assistant for the Bobcats' women's program. Spielman transitioned to the head freshman coach and assistant varsity coach at Hancock High School from 2010-11. This past season, Spielman moved back to the collegiate level as the top assistant for the Frederick Community College women’s program.