Pompey's court days at an end

Edmondson coach exits basketball after 29 years

High Schools

November 18, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Last night at 7, at a time when he's usually on the basketball court "hollering, screaming and blowing a whistle during tryouts," Edmondson's Pete Pompey instead was looking into the eyes of his wife, Barbara, and "getting a honey-do list" at their Randallstown home.

"It's nice to be at home this early for the first time in a while," Pompey said. "Even though I know that the lists are going to get longer and longer as I retire from other things."

Pompey, 63, said yesterday that he will retire from basketball, a sport he coached for 29 seasons. He added that his recently completed 30th year of coaching football also could be his last.

"I've been an athletic director doing two sports at one time, but the things that I've loved in the past, like basketball, have gotten to be a bit much," Pompey said.

Pompey's replacement, Sam Walker, has been his assistant for the past five years. Pompey plans to continue as the Red Storm's athletic director.

Pompey is 312-148 in basketball, including six years at Dunbar, where he coached the mythical national championship team that went 29-0 in 1991-92, as well as the Class 1A state championship team in 1992-93.

He coached one NBA player, Sam Cassell (Dunbar), who has played with the two-time champion Houston Rockets, went to the Milwaukee Bucks and now is with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Pompey is 214-90-1 in football, in which he has coached two NFL players in Warren Powers (Edmondson) and Tommy Polley (Dunbar).

Powers played for the Los Angeles Raiders, and Polley, a former Florida State star, is a third-year linebacker with the St. Louis Rams.

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