Tired of dealing with the annual uncertainty of his full-time teaching position, Kevin McMullen has resigned as boys soccer coach at Broadneck High School and taken a more secure position at Thomas Johnson Middle/High School in Frederick County.
McMullen will teach physical education at the middle school and coach the boys soccer team at the high school.
"Over the last three years or so, I've been in an excess [transfer] situation, on the bubble so to speak, and that left a lot of uncertainty in my career," said the 39-year-old McMullen. "As a result, I had been pursuing other things, and my wife [Linda] and I consider this a great opportunity. Soccer is my first love, and if the position did not entail coaching soccer, I would not have taken it."
Broadneck administrators learned about McMullen's decision about a week ago and have advertised the boys soccer post. Bruins athletic director Ken Kazmarek said that JV coach V. J. Keith, one of McMullen's former players, has shown interest in the job. Kazmarek hopes to fill the position soon.
McMullen resigned as Broadneck's athletic director at the end of the school year after only one year on the job and was succeeded by Kazmarek.
McMullen, who gave up the position to spend more time with his wife and three young children, has been Broadneck's only boys soccer coach since the school opened in 1982. Coaching soccer has been one continuous successful run for McMullen, but teaching at Broadneck has not.
After leaving Brooklyn Park where he had coached for four years, McMullen joined his brother, Tim, the school's first athletic director, at Broadneck. The first three years coaching at Broadneck, McMullen taught at Woodside Elementary and the Corkran Phoenix Center.
In 1985, McMullen was teaching at Woodside and Crofton Annex half the day. The following year he landed a morning position at Broadneck High, but his afternoons were spent teaching phys-ed at Severna Park Elementary. That meant leaving Broadneck at midday and returning after school to coach soccer.
Finally, in 1987 McMullen became a full-time member of the Broadneck faculty and has remained there since on shaky ground. In 1989, he was just about out the door before a community outcry to the County Council and Board of Education brought him back.
"There is no doubt about it, the problems of being excessed [transferred to another school] wore on him," said Kazmarek.
"Not knowing until April or March of each year whether you would be back again as a full-time faculty member wears on you, and Kevin has landed a full-time position that he can count on and couldn't turn the opportunity down. He's always liked the Western Maryland area, taken his soccer teams up there and gone camping up there with his family."
McMullen said he regrets leaving, but is excited about his new job.
"Sure, I have mixed emotions. Broadneck High and its people have been a major part of my life," said McMullen.
During his tenure, the Bruins were an annual soccer playoff team, going 91-35-10 and winning three county titles (1983, 1985 and 1986) and three regional titles (1984, 1986 and 1990). The 1990 team lost an overtime heart-breaker in the state Class 4A championship game to Bowie of Prince George's County.
At Brooklyn Park, McMullen was 33-23-1 with three county titles and a region crown in 1980. His 14-year career coaching record is 124-58-11.
"It's been great at Broadneck because of the relationship I had NTC with the kids, coaches and community, but it's time to try something new," McMullen said.