An­napo­lis’ Brady plan­ning to leave

Pan­thers men­tor is the win­ningest pub­lic school coach in state his­tory

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Bill Wag­ner

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.

KARL MER­TON FERRON/BALTIMORE SUN 2006

An­napo­lis coach John Brady took a leave of ab­sence last sea­son after hip re­place­ment and back fu­sion op­er­a­tions.

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