Archbishop Curley football coach Tony Brockmeyer and his staff were fired yesterday by the school's principal, the Rev. Robert Twele, according to Brockmeyer.
Brockmeyer said he and his assistants, Bill Novak and Terry Boone, were informed of the decision by Twele yesterday afternoon.
Curley athletic director Bill Dawson was reached late last night at home and released this statement: "There was an incident which revealed an incompatibility of views, concerns, goals and objectives and execution of the football program between the administrative staff and the coaching staff."
Brockmeyer said the firing stemmed from an incident about two weeks ago in the school's temporary locker room during a practice when he knocked over a trash can and a row of lockers. Curley is in the process of building a new locker room.
"I just wanted to get the kids' attention," said Brockmeyer. "Later he [Twele] called me in his office and said they can't have that. He said if we wanted to resign we could. But we didn't resign. We were fired."
Brockmeyer said Twele saw the damage in the locker room later that day.
"We cleaned it up and repaired the damage," Brockmeyer said. "We even repaired some damaged tile which they also said we had caused, but we didn't do that."
Brockmeyer was in his second season at Curley. The Friars were 2-6 last season and have not had a winning season since 1982. They were 0-2 this year with losses to Patterson (35-0) and Calvert Hall (43-6).
The Friars open Maryland Scholastic Association play Friday at Douglass.
"We were so close to turning that program around," said Brockmeyer, Curley's eighth coach in the last nine seasons.
Dawson said Barry Brownlee, former head coach at Northern, who served as Curley's junior varsity coach in 1989-90, has been named the new head coach.
The coaches have been selected for the 10th annual Greater Baltimore Football Classic featuring all-star teams from Baltimore County and the MSA.
Forest Park's Obie Barnes will head the MSA squad, and Perry Hall's Joe Stoy will lead the Baltimore County team. The game will be held Dec. 8 at Poly at 12:30 p.m.
This year's game will also have a new twist, with administrators from both sides becoming more involved. Baltimore school superintendent Dr. Walter G. Amprey and Baltimore County superintendent Dr. Robert Y. Dubel will be the honorary captains.
The MSA, which includes all of the Baltimore City public schools, has won the past four games and leads the series, 6-3.
Candidates to succeed Paul Rusko, the retiring Anne Arundel BTC County coordinator of physical education and athletics, will be interviewed beginning Thursday.
Rusko officially retired at the end of last school year but has remained in the position under personal contract.
County supervisor of professional personnel John Makell has said that six candidates will be interviewed. They are believed to include Old Mill athletic director Jim Dillon, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel golf coach John Irvine and Hammond athletic director Bob Maxey.
Annapolis basketball coach John Brady has ended speculation that he will not return for a 15th season.
"With [Rob] Wooster being recruited by Maryland, I've got to stick around for those free Terps tickets," said Brady, who has a 299-48 career record.
Brady expects to be in the middle of a recruiting battle for Wooster, a smooth 6-foot-6 shooting guard. Last season Wooster averaged 14.1 points for the 21-4 state semifinalist.
He is also being courted by St. Joseph's, St. Bonaventure (which made a home visit yesterday), Boston University and Navy.
Overtime: Francis Scott Key's girls basketball team is looking for a tournament to participate in during the Christmas holidays. Call Gary Watson at 775-7562. . . . The Athletic Affairs Mid-Atlantic Basketball Coaches Clinic, featuring college coaches Pete Carril (Princeton) and Rick Barnes (Providence), will be held Sept. 27-28 at Goucher College. For more information, call Rick Bloom at 757-8745. . . . Gordon Kaplan has resigned after 4 years as the boys basketball varsity coach at Beth Tfiloh to join the men's coaching staff at Goucher. . . . Severna Park's girls girls soccer team has won 41 straight games, but the top-ranked Falcons (1-0) face a tough test tonight against No. 6 Broadneck (1-0) at Severna Park at 7:30. . . . Atholton needs wrestling opponents for the winter season. Call Don Van Deusen at 313-7080.