McDonogh's Poklemba will take job as Bullis AD

May 21, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer Lem Satterfield contributed to this story.

McDonogh's sixth-year baseball coach, Al Poklemba, confirmed yesterday that he is leaving the Owings Mills school for a job as director of athletics and physical education at Bullis Prep in Montgomery County.

"We started talking back in January and about three weeks ago, I verbally committed," said Poklemba, who also has signed papers agreeing to take the position.

"It's a great match. Bullis is a wonderful school and the people there are terrific, and the kids are very outgoing."

Poklemba, who will not coach baseball at Bullis, will replace Walt King, who is in his 15th year as athletic director. Bullis assistant headmaster Bill White said King will remain on staff as a teacher and as a coach in football and wrestling.

"They're looking for me to develop a physical education program from third grade through high school," Poklemba said.

Poklemba, also McDonogh's physical education department chairman, said he "looked into McDonogh's opening for athletic director" when Frank Antonelli announced his resignation in December, "but it didn't work out.

"So, I started pursuing the Bullis job in March, sent a resume and went over and met with them in April," he said.

McDonogh's new athletic director, Jack MacMullan, formerly of the Haverford School in Philadelphia, takes his post on July 1.

Poklemba's move comes during a controversy involving McDonogh's baseball team.

Carole Working has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school, charging that McDonogh allowed her son, John, 16, to be humiliated by upperclassman in a hazing ritual by members of the baseball team during its annual preseason trip to Florida. Poklemba was one of three chaperones on the trip.

"It's tough leaving McDonogh, and I want people to know that my leaving has nothing to do with the hazing incident," said Poklemba, a graduate of Kenwood High and Frostburg State (1975).

"I don't like the way this thing has been coming out because

McDonogh is sorry to see me go and has been totally supportive of me. I want to go out of this gracefully."

Poklemba spent 12 years coaching the junior varsity and won more than 90 varsity games, including the 1992 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title.

McDonogh was the MSA runner-up last year and runner-up in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association this year, ending this season with an 18-5 record and the No. 3 area ranking.

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