Former All-County lineman Mitch Suplee has been hired as one of South River High's assistant football coaches, said Athletic Director Jim Haluck.
Suplee, who played four years at the University of Maryland and was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last fall, will split a contract with another assistant, Chuck Golch. Both men will work part time at the position.
"Neither one of them can put in a full amount of time to the position," Haluck said. "Mitch still has a desire to play professional football -- and I hope he does -- so he'll be trying out for things. Plus, he still needs to get his knee operated on.
"He'll be an asset to the kids, and a nice role model. It helps the program to have them both around."
Suplee, who as a senior at South River in 1986 was the first lineman named Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year, was not drafted by a National Football League team this spring. He played for the Albany (N.Y.) Firebirds of the Arena Football League and recently returned to South River to apply for a substitute teaching position.
"When I heard he had been here, I wondered if he would be interested" in the coaching position, Haluck said. "Later on, he contacted us and applied. It didn't surprise me that he was interested."
Haluck had tried to reach Suplee, who was in Albany, on Thursday to formally offer him the job. Suplee accepted the job Friday and is expected to arrive in Edgewater today, Haluck said. Fall sports practices began yesterday morning.
Suplee couldn't be reached for comment.