Knox is named Poly coach

Football program taps Randallstown for hire

High Schools

April 04, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Anthony Knox, whose Randallstown teams dominated large schools play in Baltimore County, has been hired as Poly's new football coach, athletic director Mark Schlenoff announced yesterday.

"There was a search committee involved in selecting Anthony Knox, and it was unanimous in his selection," Schlenoff said in a statement. "I knew that Anthony was our man after the exceptional interview he had. The committee felt the same."

The Poly coaching position is among the area's most coveted.

"As a young African-American, the first to be head coach at Poly, Anthony knows he has his work cut out for him," Schlenoff said. "I told him that I would be by his side all the way, supporting his efforts to continue the Poly tradition. We know he'll make a positive difference in the future of Poly football."

Knox replaces John Hammond, who retired from teaching after five seasons at Poly and who will become a member of the Boys' Latin staff in the fall.

"It's a great situation, a great challenge and a great opportunity," said Knox, 40.

"This is a great tradition, with guys like Augie Waibel having coached there. I'll work hard to keep it where it needs to be."

In five years at Randallstown, Knox's first head coaching post, he was 33-11, won three county 4A-3A titles and reached the Class 3A state playoffs four times. His Rams won three 3A North region crowns and twice reached the state semifinals.

The 1980 Edmondson graduate starred as a quarterback for and later received his first coaching opportunity from Pete Pompey, his high school mentor.

Knox, 40, assisted Pompey at Edmondson from 1988 through 1996, then assisted Randallstown's Bruce Strunk before taking over the Rams when Strunk left for Eastern Tech in 1998.

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