Former Dunbar athletic director and coach Pete Pompey will replace Edmondson's James James as the Redskins' football coach, James and Pompey confirmed yesterday.
"The principal left the decision up to Pete and I. And since he is more experienced, I thought it was prudent that I be the first assistant and draw from his experience," said James, who also is the head coach of the Redskins' basketball team.
Attempts to reach Edmondson principal Irby Miller were unsuccessful.
Pompey, Dunbar's former coach in basketball and football, was ousted 14 months ago from those jobs pending the outcome of an investigation into his alleged misuse of athletic funds.
Though cleared of charges by the Baltimore City State's Attorney, city schools Superintendent Walter G. Amprey transferred Pompey to Edmondson to serve as the Redskins' athletic director.
Though Miller had indicated this year's coaching staffs were in place for all sports, Pompey said, "I think we're going to work out a coaching situation.
"It's our objective to make this program into a perennial contender," said Pompey, 54. "In a few years, I think we can have that here."
Before coming to Dunbar in 1986, Pompey -- assisted by James -- compiled a 100-40 record in football over 15 years at Edmondson.
Edmondson's other assistants, Paul Shuford and Jerome Hendricks, were his past assistants at Edmondson. Hendricks also assisted Pompey at Dunbar for four years. Shuford was the head coach at Northwestern for one season.
"I have no problem with it really, I'm just happy to have Pete back at home," said James, whose Redskins were 0-10 last year. "It was Pete who gave me my first shot at coaching, and I thank him for that."