Badham officially is named basketball coach at Dunbar Former Poets assistant to replace ousted Smith

August 30, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calling him "an excellent choice," Dunbar principal Charlotte Brown confirmed yesterday that she has hired Lynn Badham as the school's new boys basketball coach.

Badham, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, replaces Paul Smith, the winner of three state titles with the Poets who was fired on Aug. 9. Badham coached Douglass to a 14-10 record last season.

"He's worked at Dunbar before, and he knows the Dunbar family," Brown said of Badham, who was Bob Wade's assistant at Dunbar for seven years until 1986, winning five JV championships.

"Lynn Badham is well aware of the expectations here at Dunbar, and his vision for the kids pretty much coincides with the school's."

Forest Park's varsity had gone winless in two previous seasons before Badham became head coach in 1987, leading the Forest- ers to a 15-2 record and earning Baltimore Sun All-Metro Coach of the Year honors.

Badham was an assistant coach in football and JV basketball at McDonogh -- his basketball team going 13-2 and unbeaten in its league -- before replacing longtime Douglass coach John Nash.

Brown said Badham will be responsible for selecting his own coaching staff.

Smith, whose record at Dunbar was 69-10, won the state title last season with a team composed mostly of underclassmen and one returning starter.

Among concerns listed in Brown's letter of dismissal to Smith were his alleged failure to promote spirit and a lack of communication with players' parents. Smith was hired in the wake of a school board investigation into charges that former coach Pete Pompey, now at Edmondson, had misused athletic funds.

Smith said he worked hard to project a positive image in the community, and has saidhe wants to clear his name of any stigma the firing might cause. However, he has stopped short of saying whether he will take legal action.

Pub Date: 8/30/96

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