Although for the first time the last name is not McMullen, Broadneck High still kept its athletic director's position in the family with the hiring of Ken Kazmarek on Friday.
Broadneck Principal Lawrence Knight made the announcement that his veteran boys basketball coach will be the Bruins' new athletic director, succeeding Kevin McMullen.
Kazmarek is considered to be one of the top basketball mentors in Maryland. Just a few weeks ago, he was a strong candidate for the Anne Arundel Community College job before withdrawing his name.
McMullen, the school's boys soccer coach, had succeeded his brother Tim last year, but like his older brother he became disenchanted with the time-consuming position and decided to step down.
Tim McMullen started the Broadneck program from the ground floor in 1983 and built a winning tradition at the Cape St. Claire school in boys and girls sports. His brother carried it on, and now Kazmarek, who was hired as head basketball coach nine years ago by Tim, is taking over the reins.
"I know this is kind of a last-minute announcement, but we are having our final luncheon today [Friday] with our teachers, and at that time, I like to let them know of any changes that will take place," said Knight.
"We are extremely pleased that Ken has decided to take the position at the end of the school year."
Kazmarek has been active in Bruin athletics since coming to the school nearly a decade ago as a classroom teacher. He has been head boys basketball coach and assistant in football and baseball his entire tenure.
Knight said Kazmarek's involvement in and knowledge of the Bruins' athletic program made him a very attractive candidate for the position.