Annapolis' Brady heads Anne Arundel Hall class

Boys basketball coach joins Brown, Lyst, Mullen

High Schools

September 15, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

John Brady, who has compiled the most wins in the metro area among coaches of boys public school basketball, leads the 14th induction class of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.

Brady, the Annapolis High coach for the past 27 years, will be inducted with two other Annapolis alumni, football player Donald Brown and gymnast Rene Lyst, as well as St. Mary's lacrosse standout Eddie Mullen during the Oct. 13 banquet at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

After serving as an assistant to the late Dick Hart at Andover High in the 1970s, Brady took over at Annapolis in the 1977-78 season. He has a career record of 570-105. His .844 winning percentage is a state public school record for coaches with at least 25 seasons.

Brady's public school win total is second only to former Thomas Johnson coach Tom Dickman, who was 592-135 (.814) in 29 seasons. Brady led the Panthers to a state title in 1990 and was runner-up three times.

Brady also holds Anne Arundel records for county titles (21) and most 20-win seasons (22). He has not had a losing season.

Brown was a two-time all-county running back at Annapolis who signed with Oklahoma after coach Barry Switzer made his first recruiting visit to Maryland in February 1981.

Within two years, Brown transferred to Maryland and was a two-year starter at cornerback before signing as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 1986.

Brown played three NFL seasons before finishing his career in the Arena Football League.

A state champion in youth gymnastics with the Docksiders, Lyst, now known as Rene Cook, was county all-around champion at Annapolis, leading the Panthers to a state title in 1989. Her all-around score was 37.50, which remains a county record.

At Penn State, Lyst set a school record with a 9.90 on the balance beam in 1991. A year later, she became the first Nittany Lion to win a Big Ten individual title.

Lyst is the co-head coach of gymnastics at Arkansas.

Mullen, a high school lacrosse All-American in 1971, was all-county in lacrosse and football at St. Mary's. He went on to become a three-time lacrosse All-American at Maryland from 1974 to 1976, scoring 191 points in his four-year career. The Terps won national titles in 1973 and 1975 with Mullen, who holds the NCAA record for most points in a playoff game (12). He set the mark with a seven-goal, five-assist performance in a win against Navy in the 1976 NCAA semifinals.

Proceeds from the banquet go to Anne Arundel County youth sports. For ticket information, call Bill Wentworth at 410-987-4732.

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