Baltimore Sports Report is learning of a report which states that Mark Karcher, the head men’s basketball coach at St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore, has stepped down. A St. Frances graduate himself, Karcher went on to have a successful college career with the Temple Owls, and played professionally in France.

According to several sources that are very close to the St. Frances basketball program and Karcher himself, the coach is resignation is effective immediately. This announcement comes just days before the season starts, with his St. Frances team expected to contend for the MIAA A and Baltimore Catholic League titles this season.

The report speculates that Karcher’s departure may be related to a conflict Karcher had with athletic director Nicholas Myles, who also coaches the JV boys’ basketball team. Myles will reportedly be taking over the Varsity head coaching duties in the wake of Karcher’s absence. Karcher’s resignation appears to be the only shake-up occurring in the St. Frances program, as all of the Varsity players are expected to stay at the school, and play out their season.

During his time as an assistant or head coach at St. Frances, Karcher has overseen the development of several Division 1 athletes, including Sean Mosley (Maryland), Terrell Vinson (UMass), and Wayne Sparrow (Richmond). On this year’s St. Frances team, center Josh Forney (Loyola) and DaQuan Cook (UNLV) have already committed to D1 schools.

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