Annapolis’ Brady planning to leave
Panthers mentor is the winningest public school coach in state history
The Baltimore Sun Media Group has learned that John Brady, Annapolis High School’s legendary boys basketball coach, intends to step down from that position effective next week.
Brady, the winningest public school boys basketball coach in state history, coached four decades at Annapolis.
Annapolis athletic director Dave Gehrdes said nothing was official about Brady and that he planned to make an announcement next week.
Contacted by the Baltimore Sun Media Group on Thursday morning, Brady confirmed that he will not be coaching Annapolis this season, but declined to comment further pending the formal announcement.
Brady did emphasize that he is not retiring and left open the possibility of returning to coaching in some capacity in the future.
Returning members of the Annapolis team were informed Wednesday that Brady would not be the coach this season.
Brady underwent three major surgeries in 10 months, which limited his mobility.
He took a leave of absence from coaching last season after hip replacement and back fusion operations.
Longtime assistant Danny Smalley served as interim coach all of last season, as Brady was never cleared by doctors to return. Last season would have been Brady’s 39th in charge of the Panthers.
Contacted Thursday, Smalley said he has been told by Annapolis administrators to be prepared to continue as interim coach, but did not know any details. Smalley, who said he was due to meet with Gehrdes in the coming days, noted that he has not signed a contract.
Brady was hired as Annapolis coach in 1977, replacing another legendary figure, Al Laramore. Brady had been an assistant coach at Andover under Dick Hart, who along with Brady and Laramore is a member of the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.
Brady installed a fast-paced style that stressed full-court pressure defense and fast-break offense. He led the Panthers to the state semifinals in his first season. It was the first of 16 semifinal appearances under Brady, the last in March 2014. Brady led the Panthers to the Class 4A state championship in 1990, while the 1984 and 1989 squads lost in the finals.
Brady concludes his tenure at Annapolis with a career record of 772-173, an .816 winning percentage. He also led the Panthers to 22 Anne Arundel County championships.
He retired from full-time teaching in 2001. He spent another four years as a part-time teacher in the Annapolis High business department before leaving the classroom for good in 2005.
Brady, who graduated from Mount Saint Joseph and is a longtime Brooklyn resident, was inducted into the county sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Brady’s Panthers made the state semifinals 16 times, winning the Class 4A championship in 1990 and losing in the finals in 1984 and 1989.
Annapolis coach John Brady took a leave of absence last season after hip replacement and back fusion operations.