It's barely baseball season, but the football programs at Calvert Hall, Mount St. Joseph and Dulaney are already looking ahead to next fall, when all three will be under new leadership when they take the field.
At Calvert Hall, athletic director Lou Eckerl replaces Bill Mackley, who retired in December after six seasons and a 31-32 record. The Cardinals were 5-5 last season.
Dulaney has hired former University of Maryland assistant coach Jeff Mann -- a 1967 Loyola High graduate and a 1971 alumnus of William and Mary -- to replace Chuck Klimek, who retired after 10 seasons to spend more time with his family. Dulaney was 1-9 last season.
And at Mount St. Joseph, Tim Perry, 44, has decided to step down after three seasons and a 10-20 record. The Gaels were 3-7 last season. No replacement has been named.
Eckerl, 41, has served 12 years as athletic director and as an assistant on both the football and baseball teams. He began his coaching career in 1975 at Johns Hopkins, assisting Denny Cox and handling running backs and linebackers.
Eckerl, who arrived at Calvert Hall in 1982, initially had sought a coach from the outside to replace Mackely, but decided to take the job himself. He is staying on as an assistant baseball coach to Joe Binder.
"I'm very excited about coaching football," said Eckerl, a former All-Conference running back at Gibbons. "After being involved in football since 1975, I just saw this as an excellent opportunity."
Mann's 23-year coaching history includes stints at Towson State, Loyola High, Towson High and 11 years at the University of Maryland, where he worked under Bobby Ross and Joe Krivak. At Maryland, Mann handled special teams, tight ends, academic counseling and weight training from 1981-89. From 1989-92, Mann worked primarily as recruiting coordinator.
"I'm very pleased to have someone of his background," said Dulaney athletic director Bob Dean. "He's someone who realizes the importance of athletics and getting good grades."
Dean said Klimek plans to continue teaching physical education and coaching the Lions' golf team.
Perry spent three seasons as an assistant to Mackley at Calvert Hall, and before that, six years as Mackley's assistant at John Carroll.
"My seasons at Mount St. Joseph have been very rewarding, and I hope that I've helped the young men that I've coached," said Perry.