Former Dunbar athletic director and coach Pete Pompey, ousted from his jobs nearly 14 months ago for alleged misuse of athletic funds, has been transferred to Edmondson to replace interim athletic director Anton Sawyer.
Baltimore schools superintendent Walter G. Amprey yesterday announced the school board's decision to return Pompey to the school where he spent 15 years coaching three different sports before going to Dunbar in 1986.
Pompey had sought to return to Dunbar since an Aug. 5 announcement by Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms that his office had insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.
"I'm not disappointed," said Pompey, 54. "This whole thing is bigger than Pete Pompey. It's about the kids, and when I was apprised of all the things that we ought to look at, this became a decent decision."
Pompey, flanked by his attorney, William H. Murphy Jr., and Amprey, said he hoped to begin his new job as early as today, though Edmondson principal Irby Miller said he doesn't expect Pompey until Monday.
"Given the nature of all that has happened, this is an opportunity for a fresh start for [Pompey] and the youngsters who will be attending Edmondson," Amprey said. "You know that we've had a lot of discussion around a lot of issues around Dunbar. We talked about it, and it is probably best for Pete to have this opportunity to begin to start new and build again."
Pompey's administrative abilities -- specifically his bookkeeping -- were heavily criticized by Simms as having "a pattern and practice of undocumented expenditures, poor management and an avoidance of accountability." But Amprey said: "I'm optimistic that the irony [of Pompey's new administrative position] will work itself out."
Murphy said a "support staff" would assist Pompey with all financial responsibilities.
"Pete often worked alone in handling a whole lot of things that a coach and athletic director shouldn't have to handle, like ticket sales, running a check book and accounting for minor records and stuff," he said.
Sawyer had been Edmondson's acting athletic director since January, when Joe Cassidy retired. And James James, the Redskins' coach in football and basketball, formerly assisted Pompey in both sports.
Miller said this year's coaching staffs are in place for all sports and that he was unsure whether he would allow any changes.
Pompey was 100-40 in football at Edmondson and won three Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference titles in his last six years. Asked if he wanted to coach again, Pompey answered, "Absolutely."
"I think we're going to work out a coaching situation," Pompey said. "We'll take the time and sit down with Irby Miller, evaluate the situation and just see what we can come up with in terms of being most beneficial to the kids."