Keith Gorman became the Cumberland County College baseball coach in 2011.

Now, he'll be in charge of the entire athletic department.

Gorman, 33, announced Monday he is leaving as Holy Spirit athletic director to become athletic director at the college. Gorman replaces Bob Amundson, who left Cumberland County for a job in the athletic department of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

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"I've had a goal to get into college athletics," said Gorman, an Absecon resident. "The job opened up and the people at the college encouraged me to apply. It's a pretty good opportunity for me."

Gorman said it was not easy to leave Spirit, where he was athletic director for six seasons.

"I'll always be a Spartan," he said. "Some of my very best friends are there or have been there."

Gorman said he's proud of the way all Holy Spirit sports programs developed during his time at the school.

"We've had a tradition of success in sports such as football, but I think we're pretty much competitive in everything," he said. "I wanted to leave the (sports programs) better than when I found them, and I think we've done that."

Gorman takes over at a college where the sports program is on the rise. Cumberland County has used its teams to attract attention to the school. In addition to Gorman, the school earlier this month hired former Absegami coach Greg Goodwin as its men's basketball coach. Gorman said the relative inexpensiveness of community colleges make them attractive options for some student-athletes.

Cumberland County, a Division III junior college, plays in the Garden State Athletic Conference.

"That (Cumberland's emphasis on sports) is one of the things that sold me on going there as the baseball coach," Gorman said.

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