Gehrdes to take over for Stauffer as Annapolis AD

May 11, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Dave Gehrdes will have some big shoes to fill when he assumes the position of Annapolis High athletic director at the end of this school year.

Gehrdes has been named by a four-member committee to succeed an Annapolis legend in Fred Stauffer and will give up coaching boys soccer and wrestling, but retain the head girls lacrosse position. Anne Arundel County regulations allow an athletic director to coach only one sport.

Stauffer, a county institution, first came to Annapolis in 1963 as a math teacher. After serving as a cross country and track coach, he became the Panther AD in 1971 and in 1994 the school named a street next to the stadium after him, Stauffer Lane.

Months ago, Stauffer offered to stay on as AD only for his part-time stipend, but was turned down by the board of education.

"I had always hoped the county would make the job full-time so we could really do the job we would like to do," said Stauffer.

Noted for his organizational and administrative skills, Stauffer orchestrated numerous improvements to the Panther facilities, started night time boys/girls doubleheaders and established Annapolis as the mecca for county and region track meets with his expert direction.

In 1993, Stauffer, who chaired scores of committees, was named the Maryland District IV Athletic Director of the Year.

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