Jack Mehl was named Hood's head women's basketball coach in July 2011. Coach Mehl added the title of Associate Director of Athletics during the summer of 2013.
His 2016-17 team produced one of just two freshmen to make the All-MAC Commonwealth team and played .500 basketball through its first 12 games.
In 2014-15, Rachel Wiley was named to the All-Commonwealth Conference team after finishing her career among Hood's all-time leaders in rebounding and blocked shots.
The Blazers entered 2013-14 with just one junior and a total of 12 sophomores or freshmen but managed to win six games during the campaign. Hood picked up its biggest win of the season with a 60-58 overtime win over No. 19 Lebanon Valley on January 22. The young squad battled hard all season, with seven games coming down to the final possession.
His second season saw the squad move to the Commonwealth Conference, where the program produced another all-conference honor and improved its conference win total to four. It was the most conference victories for Hood since the 2006-07 season.
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.
- 1 First win over nationally ranked team in school history
- 2 Member of Frederick Community College and Alvin G. Quinn Halls of Fame
- 4 All-conference honors
- 26 Conference Academic Honor Roll recipients
- Over 400 career collegiate wins (including FCC)