Arnold Resident, Annapolis Area Christian School AD, Guided Team to 6-5 Record, Playoffs
Severn, MD (July 31, 2012) – The Bay Area Shuckers have announced they have re-signed Head Coach Bob Topp for the 2012-2013 season. In 2011-2012 Topp took over a 0-3 Shuckers team and guided the then expansion franchise to a 6-5 finish and to the second round of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) playoffs.
“Bob did an excellent job for us in 2011-2012 season and was a model head coach on and off the court. We are excited to see him shape the squad for our second season as we prepare for open tryouts in the upcoming weeks and training camp in September,” commented Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.
Originally named the Shuckers Shooting Coach in August 2011, Topp was later elevated to Assistant Coach and then took the reins of the 0-3 squad in December. Topp promptly led the team on a three-game win streak, including a stunning 149-148 overtime win over the eventual ACPBL champions, the Beltway Bombers, on January 28, 2012. The Shuckers also handed regular season champions, Palmieri Jeans their first loss of the season, 133-123 on February 18th.
The Shuckers finished 6-5 under Topp and earned a first round bye in the ACPBL playoffs. In a second round game at Hartford, Connecticut, Bay Area fell 129-109. Shuckers Guard, and former Maryland Terrapins Guard, Adrian Bowie, was named the ACPBL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player under Topp’s tutelage and also earned All-League 1st Team honors. Fellow Guard, Terry Hosley was also earned 3rd Team All-League honors.
Topp brings a wide range of basketball coaching experience to the Shuckers. As the National Director for Shot Doctor Basketball Camps, Inc. he has been leading shooting camps since 1997. Previously, he worked shooting camps for Buzz Braman, a noted NBA shooting coach. Coach Topp has worked with players in elementary school, middle school, high school and college to improve shooting.
In the 2005-2006 season, Coach Topp was the assistant women's coach at Anne Arundel Community College. That team went from five wins in the previous season to 19 wins, a spot in the NJCAA Division 3 national tournament and sixth place in the country in NJCAA Division 3 for free throw shooting percentage.
Bob has taught physical education and coached at Annapolis Area Christian School since 1990, where he currently serves as middle school athletic director. His basketball teams there have won eight championships, including four in nine years as girls varsity coach. He is married to Debbie. His son David is a local sportswriter and his daughter Amy is a student at the University of Maryland, majoring in sports management. For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com.