For Poly's Waibel, an era ends Longtime coach retires as teacher

June 16, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

After nearly 40 years of coaching experience, Augie Waibel admits he should have known better.

But the Poly football and lacrosse coach also admits being a stubborn man, which not only made him a three-sport athlete and an excellent teacher, but also is the main reason it hurts so much lately just to blow his nose.

The 59-year-old Carney resident is paying the price for violating one of his most important rules: Always warm up before engaging in any strenuous exercise.

"We were moving this seven-man blocking sled last Thursday, and you just don't jump into something like that," said Waibel, describing a recent back injury. "It hurt for a while just to take in a breath, but I'm getting better."

Waibel will have plenty of time to recover: He retired from teaching this month after 36 years.

Waibel will remain as a two-sport coach at Poly, where he has won 12 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference titles in football and six in B and C Conference lacrosse since he arrived in 1967.

"It [the retirement] will actually give me more time to coach than I have now," said Waibel.

"I usually spend 10 hours in school, but now I'll be able to come in at about 1 p.m. and get right into organizing practices. I've already got my hands into football, and I'll keep my office desk so I can sit down with a number of college recruiters we'll have at the school."

Most important on Waibel's agenda is having more time to spend with Betty, his wife of 37 years, who "has been great," said Waibel.

But there is also more time to hunt waterfowl and deer with either his 12-gauge shotgun or his Remington bolt-action rifle. Or to simply sit pool-side in his backyard, awaiting visits from daughter Stacey, 33, and sons Bill, 30, and Mike, 27, so he can bug them about having his first grandchild.

"Yes, I'm still waiting for that opportunity," said Waibel, who -- besides acting as the assistant athletic director "without the title" to Mark Schlenoff -- has taught history, health, mechanical drawing and English at Poly.

"There are only two of us in P.E. here, and Augie helped me to maintain my sanity this year with about a joke a week," said Schlenoff, the school's AD and physical education department head.

"Augie's the kind of person, who, when he wakes up, I wouldn't doubt he'd have a list of things to do for the entire day. He can remember scores from games years ago and can tell you how the scoring went -- point by point."

Waibel, a 1952 Southern High graduate, was an All-MSA center in football, played basketball alongside baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline and was an honorable-mention defenseman in lacrosse.

He played football and lacrosse at the University of Maryland, helping the Terps to a 1953 national football title and lacrosse crowns in 1955 and 1956.

Waibel, who will be present in October when the Terps' championship football team celebrates its 40th anniversary, first coached in Germany as a player-coach in the Army (1956-58).

He returned in 1959 to coach JV football at Southern before transferring to Edmondson's JV in 1961. Two years later, Waibel took over Edmondson's varsity, beginning a three-year, 27-game winning streak.

Waibel began coaching the Redskins lacrosse team in 1967. Among his players were Wayne Jackson -- later an All-American at Morgan State -- and Obie Barnes, now Forest Park's athletic director and football and lacrosse coach.

"Augie's kind of set in his ways," said Schlenoff. "He'll tell you the way things were done years ago are better than any way you could ever do them today -- and it's hard to deny him that sometimes. He's been a rock-solid support."

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