Markiewicz going home to Arundel football

Football coach leaving N. County for alma mater

High Schools

April 12, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Raised two miles from Arundel High School, Chuck Markiewicz is going home to coach his alma mater's football team.

Arundel athletic director Bernie Walter made the official announcement yesterday after a meeting with principal William Myers and assistant principal Tom Clowes.

"Mr. Myers needed to talk to a couple of the 11 applicants today [Wednesday] after our meeting at which time we made the final decision to go with Chuck," said Walter.

"We feel we have hired a successful, established coach who knows our community well."

Markiewicz, a 1973 graduate of Arundel after attending Odenton Elementary and Arundel Junior High School, is leaving North County after 11 seasons, a 70-48 record and a 4A state title in 1994 as the only coach the Knights have ever had.

Introducing the run-and-shoot offense to the county, which he says he will "absolutely" employ in Gambrills, Markiewicz produced a number of outstanding quarterbacks at North County.

All-County quarterback Mike Pfisterer, who just completed his fourth season, rewrote the state record book under Markiewicz, a highlight despite an overall 24-37 the last five seasons.

With four losing teams in that time, including last year's 4-6 record, the time for a change was right for Markiewicz.

When his former Arundel junior varsity coach Bill Zucco retired after nine seasons as the Wildcats' head coach, Markiewicz jumped at the opportunity.

"When Bill stepped down, I knew if I would ever get a chance to coach my alma mater, I had better do it while I could," said Markiewicz, who is the North County physical education department chairman.

"I thanked everybody at North County for their support over the years and am looking forward to working with Bernie, who has great vision," said Markiewicz, who plans to talk to coaches at both Arundel and North County in assembling his staff.

"I hope to make the football program at Arundel as successful as Bernie's baseball program."

Chesapeake in 1982 (4-6) was the first football head coaching job for Markiewicz, who had served as JV coach at Arundel after graduating from Salisbury State.

Markiewicz later became an assistant at Meade under his former Arundel varsity coach, Jerry Mears, and when Mears passed away, Markiewicz succeeded him as Meade's head coach in 1988.

Following his second 7-3 season at Meade in 1989, Markiewicz started the football program at North County when the school opened in 1990.

Under Markiewicz, whose career record is 88-60 (.595) in 14 seasons, the Knights were 46-11 in his first five seasons, including an 11-2 mark in the 1994 state championship season.

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