Randallstown likely will let go of Buchheister

June 07, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

John Buchheister was informed on Friday by Randallstown principal Clark Powell that his position as physical education teacher at the school has been excessed and that he likely will be let go as the Rams football coach, Buchheister said yesterday.

Buchheister said he turned in his excess forms to Powell on Friday and that "according to the [Baltimore County] rules, I won't be here next year." Attempts to reach Powell were unsuccessful.

"He [Powell] told me to go ahead and pursue any coaching opportunities that may arise," said Buchheister, 47, who led the Rams to an unbeaten 3A state championship season in 1990.

Buchheister is not optimistic about his coaching future in the county though he is waiting to be placed in one of 10 preferred schools -- a list of which he submitted to the county school board's Human Resources Department in accordance with county policy.

"I chose three middle schools and seven high schools and all of the high schools have a coach in place," said Buchheister, whose 16-year record is 128-44, including a 1A state title at Milford Mill in 1987.

"I feel like the probability of my coaching in Baltimore County is very slim."

Buchheister said he is "seriously considering" applying for the position as athletic director at Eastern Technical, from which Jim Salters retired this year.

"I was athletic director at Milford Mill from 1984 to '89," said Buchheister. "We won around 11 state titles in different sports, so we were pretty successful."

In an unrelated move also on Friday, Randallstown's Reggie Brooks, a three-sport coach this year, was hired by Milford Mill principal Delores Mbah to replace three-year Millers athletic director Phil Denkevitz on July 1.

Brooks, who applied for the position in late March, made the announcement official on Sunday night after meeting with Mbah at Milford Mill two days earlier. Brooks said he originally had applied for the position three years ago when Denkevitz was chosen.

"It's something I've wanted for quite a while," said Brooks, a 1976 graduate of Franklin and a 1980 graduate of Morgan State University.

"It's a challenge, but I'm ready for it. It's something I've worked extremely hard to prepare for."

Brooks has served in Baltimore County's system for nine years, including coaching stints at Owings Mills for two years and another at Catonsville. His last six seasons at Randallstown included being the head coach in basketball and softball, and an assistant in football coaching the junior varsity.

Denkevitz, 50, has been with the county's system for 26 years, including tenures at Pikesville Junior High as well as at Pikesville and Johnnycake middle schools. A physical education teacher, Denkevitz said he has submitted his list of 10 schools and is waiting for placement by county officials.

His only comment was "I don't share the same vision" as Mbah.

Brooks, who has not been assigned any coaching duties, said Mbah has charged him with reviving a floundering athletic program at Milford Mill.

"We've talked about things like fundraisers and instilling some pride back into the school's athletes," said Brooks. "I want to start off by getting the jump on that, and once we do, it'll carry over into the rest of the school and its students."

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