Mitchell to coach football for second season at Dunbar

August 20, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Stanley Mitchell was informed by Dunbar principal Charlotte Brown yesterday that he will be Dunbar's football coach for at least another year.

"I don't have any time to celebrate because I've got to get right to work with the kids," said Mitchell, who took the Poets to the 2A state semifinals last year and was named Baltimore Sun 1993 Coach of the Year.

Mitchell became the Poets' interim coach 14 months ago when former coach and athletic director Pete Pompey was placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation of alleged misuse of funds.

Pompey was transferred yesterday to Edmondson by the city school board and Superintendent Walter G. Amprey.

Gail Robinson will continue as acting athletic director at Dunbar, but a replacement for basketball has not been named.

Brown could not be reached.

Mitchell has reported a consistent number of 35 players -- both junior varsity and varsity -- at his first four practices, but at least five players have missed practice attending rallies in support of Pompey.

Mitchell said he will welcome the players back, but only after "talking to each of them individually to determine where their hearts and loyalties are.

"In spite of all the controversy that's around, I've been just trying to stay here with the kids. I was just trying to be a role model and try to keep some type of structure going," said Mitchell, whose team last year included two All-Metros.

"It's really tough, though, because when I compare where I'm at this year to last year, I've fallen further behind. You think about [quitting], but I always preach to the kids that it's so easy to quit and much harder to complete something."

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