Mount Carmel High announced Thursday Hakim Hibbert will be its new boys’ basketball coach. Hibbert succeeds Tom Rose, who stepped down last month after 13 seasons to become Goucher University’s men’s basketball coach.
The past two seasons, Hibbert served as junior varsity coach and varsity assistant at Calvert Hall College. He went 42-10 in two seasons as the Cardinals JV coach including an 18-0 mark in the MIAA A Conference last winter.
Calvert Hall’s varsity won the MIAA A annd Baltimore Catholic League championship the past season, and was the consensus No. 1 team in the area. Before joining the Calvert Hall staff, Hibbert was a girls’ assistant at Aberdeen, which won consecutive Class 3A state titles in 2012 and 2013.
Mount Carmel enjoyed its finest campaign last winter, reaching the MIAA A Conference finals. The Cougars (32-11 last season), who enjoyed their first No. 1 ranking during the season, also reached the Baltimore Catholic League semifinals and the finals of the Maryland Private School Tournament.
“I look forward to getting on campus, learning more about the school, and begin working with the kids to build on the success of Coach Rose and last season’s team,” Hibbert said. “I’m very appreciative of the school for allowing me to help grow its basketball program.”
Hibbert, a 2006 Towson University graduate played two seasons for the Tigers’ men’s basketball team. He graduated from City College in 2002 and was a four-year letterwinner for coach Daryl Wade.
“He was well mannered, looked sharp and very professional. That initial meeting, along with two years of watching him coach against us made an impression that stuck with me,” said Mount Carmel ahtletic director Mike Naunton. “Many of the people I spoke with said how he puts the kids first and is willing to go the extra mile for the players.”