City, Douglass pick coaches with Dunbar roots


November 01, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

City College and Douglass have named new boys varsity basketball coaches, both with connections to Dunbar.

Daryl Wade, son of former University of Maryland and Dunbar coach Bob Wade, has taken over at City. Lynn Badham, a longtime assistant at Dunbar, is the new coach at Douglass.

Wade, a reserve on Dunbar's 1985 mythical national championship team, coached Mervo's junior varsity to three winning seasons. "He's got a great background," said City athletic director George Petrides. Wade replaces Wayne Cook, who stepped down after five seasons.

Badham was a seven-year assistant at Dunbar, winning five JV championships. He was varsity coach (1987-88) at 15-2 Forest Park, earning Baltimore Sun All-Metro Coach of the Year honors. Forest Park had gone winless in four previous season. Badham also won consecutive JV crowns at Carver (1990-92).

The last two years Badham assisted in football and JV basketball at McDonogh, with last season's basketball team (13-2) going unbeaten in the MIAA B Conference.

Badham replaces longtime Douglass coach and athletic director John Nash, who retired last summer. "Lynn's highly respected by colleagues and dedicated to athletes," said Douglass athletic director David White.

Foresters' hopes alive

After triple overtime, Thursday's Forest Park-Edmondson football game, tied at 32, was called because of darkness.

Forest Park (4-3-1) leads the 2A East Region and will try to complete the game, in accordance with state association guidelines, said coach Obie Barnes.

Maryland awards eight playoff berths: Four automatic bids to teams with the most state points in each of four regions, and at-large bids to the next four highest-rated teams based on points.

Forest Park, which plays No. 2 Dunbar Friday, could go 5-4-1 and make the playoffs with "the worst 2A record I've seen in nine years," said state points tabulator John Cox. For the tie with 3A Edmondson it gets 3.5 points, not the full seven for a 3A win. It gets one-half bonus point for every Edmondson win, and full bonus points for each win by 4A Mervo and 2A Milford Mill, teams the Foresters beat.

Tullai's recovering

After a near-fatal heart attack in early September, former St. Paul's football coach and AD Mitch Tullai, 67, is up, about and "always into something," said his wife of 46 years, Jean. "You'd never know it happened. He's in great shape."

But Tullai's condition was grave on Sept. 8. The St. Paul's history teacher told the school nurse he wasn't feeling well. His second heart attack in eight years forced him to be rushed by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital.

Though his heart was revived in 45 minutes, and he was released after three days, he nearly died on the operating table. "For a few days, I felt terrible," said Tullai, who won't return to St. Paul's until January after he completes rehabilitation.

Tullai was inducted into the athletic director's Hall of Fame last spring. He was athletic director from 1953-78 and retired in 1993 as the area's second winningest coach (209-126) with 10 MSA titles over 41 seasons.

Trcka hangs in

Former Gibbons football coach Frank Trcka, diagnosed with lung cancer last winter, is "keeping his weight up" at 230 pounds, despite his condition having worsened.

"I'm on oxygen and getting regular chemotherapy treatments," said Trcka, 58, whose voice has become raspy from steroid treatments.

The January diagnosis gave Trcka 18 months or fewer to live, forcing him to end a 16-year career with retirement. He was Gibbons' second coach in less than a year to have cancer. Longtime basketball coach Ray Mullis, 60, died on Dec. 28 from pancreatic cancer.

Masterman role model

Jill Masterman, specialist with Baltimore County's Department of Athletics, has been named an Athletic Role Model by Athletic Magazine. Her accomplishments will be detailed in this month's edition.

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