When Dunbar football begins, who's coach? With Pompey out, replacement needed

August 13, 1993|By Jerry Bembry and Lem Satterfield | Jerry Bembry and Lem Satterfield,Staff Writers

A Dunbar football team that is expected to challenge for the state Class 2A championship is scheduled to begin practice tomorrow morning -- but it's unclear who will be running the squad.

It doesn't appear that person will be coach Pete Pompey, who remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of alleged misuse of athletic department funds. Nat Harrington, Baltimore schools spokesman, said yesterday that the coaching situation should be resolved by the start of practice -- so the Poets likely will have a new head coach when the team gathers tomorrow morning.

"We'll have somebody in place in time for that," Harrington said yesterday.

Pompey's paid administrative leave was prompted by investigation into the alleged misuse of funds in the Dunbar High School Athletic Club account. Harrington said on Wednesday that the investigation is partly focusing on Dunbar's operation of a concession stand at Oriole Park. Information from that investigation has been turned over to the state's attorney's office, Harrington said.

Charlotte Brown, principal at Dunbar, said yesterday that she hadn't decided on a football coach, but an announcement could come today. Brown declined to discuss the investigation.

A city recreations department source said that Stanley Mitchell, who two years ago coached the Northwood Rams to the national Pop Warner championship, was one of the local coaches who have been approached about coaching the Dunbar football team.

Mitchell, an employee in the housing office at Morgan State and a Dunbar graduate, could not be reached for comment.

Last year, Dunbar went 10-1 and finished the season ranked No. 10 by The Baltimore Sun. A runner-up to Patterson in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference last season, Dunbar returns most of its starters, including three All-City players.

"They've got the whole package -- speed, size -- and I expect this team to be truly outstanding," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn. "That's why it's tragic that this has happened to overshadow it."

Attempts to reach Pompey, who since 1986 has been Dunbar's athletic director, football coach and basketball coach, were unsuccessful.

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