Best resigns as football coach at St. Mary's

Ex-head coach remains athletic director, trades jobs with assistant Codd

February 10, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Brad Best, who turned a small Catholic school known for lacrosse into a county football power, and Mike Codd are switching football positions at St. Mary's High in Annapolis.

With increasing duties as the Saints' athletic director, Best resigned yesterday as head football coach after 10 seasons and elevated his longtime assistant Codd to head coach, a position Codd held once before.

Best compiled a 59-41 record (.590) with the Saints and won Maryland Interscholastic Association A Conference tri-championships in 1995 and 1996 and a C Conference tri-championship in 1990.

"I'm resigning so I can give more time to teaching [physical education] and being athletic director," said Best, who was 55-25 (.688) between his first (3-7, 1989) and last (1-9, 1998) seasons.

"I will continue to help out in football as an assistant to Mike. And really, my stepping down is not that big a deal because I'm confident Mike will do a great job."

The '96 season was the crowning achievement for Best as he led the Saints to an 8-2 record and the No. 1 ranking in The Sun's football poll for the first time in school history. Best became the first St. Mary's county and metro Coach of the Year in football.

Codd became defensive coordinator for Best in 1990 and in later years served as offensive coordinator. Codd, a St. Mary's guidance counselor who has an extensive coaching background as an assistant at Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Severn and Anne Arundel Community College, is getting a second chance as St. Mary's head coach.

In his only season as a head coach in 1987, Codd succeeded Sonny Conley, who was 13-6-1 in two seasons. The '87 Saints were 3-7 and Codd was replaced by ex- Washington Redskin Dave Crossan.

Pub Date: 2/10/99

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