Pass­ing the ba­ton

Pum­roy re­places Wysokin­ski at St. Mary’s Ryken

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­

St. Mary’s Ryken an­nounced it has a new ath­letic di­rec­tor on Mon­day, as Joe Wysokin­ski has been pro­moted as the new Dean of Stu­dents af­ter two years as the Knights’ ath­letic di­rec­tor.

Wysokin­ski is cur­rently work­ing on his master’s de­gree in lead­er­ship, ad­min­is­tra­tion and su­per­vi­sion through Notre Dame of Mary­land and will still con­tinue to work on the foot­ball staff along­side head coach Jerry Franks.

Wysokin­ski has past the ba­ton to Burt John (B.J.) Pum­roy, who has over 26 years of higher ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence at the col­lege level, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent press re­lease.

“At the end of the school year Dr. [Ed­ward] Wei­land re­tired and the po­si­tion was posted here and I ap­plied and in­ter­viewed and found out I was ac­cepted for the po­si­tion at the end of June, be­gin­ning of July” Wysokin­ski said. “The rea­son I first wanted to be­come the ath­letic di­rec­tor was to cer­tainly work with the kids and I find that ath­let­ics is a way to make stu­dents well-rounded. We have a great group of coaches here and it’s been a plea­sure work­ing with all of them, ex­plor­ing all of their tal­ents and skills and mak­ing the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble for our stu­dent ath­letes on cam­pus.

“I re­ally look for­ward to see­ing Mr. Pum­roy take this po­si­tion to an­other level in work­ing with our stu­dents here. It’s sad for me to step away from that spot. I talked to my wife be­fore I de­cided. I loved work­ing with the kids and the coaches, our fac­ulty. Our fac­ulty is so sup­port­ive of our stu­dents and then when you throw stu­dent-ath­letes in there, the fac­ulty is like an­other ex­ten­sion of our coach­ing staff. Ev­ery­one here just works so hard and cares so much and at the end of the day they all want to make it such a suc­cess­ful day for the stu­dents.”

Pum­roy said he and his wife and two sons can’t wait to cheer for the Knights as he is cur­rently tran­si­tion­ing into his new role and set­tling in.

He earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ex­er­cise science from Tru­man State and his master’s de­gree in sports ad­min­is­tra­tion from North­west­ern State Univer­sity in Louisiana.

“I was re­cently an ath­letic di­rec­tor at Shep­herd Univer­sity (West Virginia),” Pum­roy said. “One of the rea­sons I was in­ter­ested [in the po­si­tion] was be­cause we’d got­ten a cou­ple of base­ball play­ers, Austin Guy and Mike Brown, who were both Ryken grads. I was fa­mil­iar with them be­ing re­ally good folks so that’s helped me in my in­ter­est in this place [St. Mary’s County].

“I had been to the East­ern Shore and had some fa­mil­iar­ity from some coaches and ath­letes about the south­ern part of the state of Mary­land. I grew up in the midwest and seem­ingly it has a lot of the ameni­ties of the midwest as far as some of the [fam­ily] val­ues, the more ru­ral area and hard­work­ing life but yet there are quite some ameni­ties this way too. I hadn’t met Joe [Wysokin­ski] be­fore, not un­til on the phone.”

Pum­roy was look­ing for a new path and he saw the open­ing on a web­site for coaches work­ing within the col­le­giate level.

“I ap­proached our as­so­ciate foot­ball coach Ernie McCook who re­cruits this area and he’s orig­i­nally from the Kent Is­land area and he’s known Coach Franks for many years and had great things to say about the place so I thought this would be a great place to look at.”

Pum­roy said he is aware of the many suc­cess­ful ath­letes that have graced the fields at SMR and he wants to con­tinue that suc­cess­ful tra­di­tion.

“I want them [the ath­letes] to con­tinue the suc­cesses that they’ve had here but also work on ways to make the suc­cesses more nu­mer­ous. I also want them to have good ex­pe­ri­ences while they’re here.”

Pum­roy said he’s fa­mil­iar with the Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

“The qual­ity of the pro­gram is car­ried na­tion­wide and know­ing what the strength of the Knights will be go­ing up against is quite a for­mi­da­ble one, we want to give the kids what’s nec­es­sary to face those strong op­po­nents,” he said. “My fam­ily and I are look­ing for­ward to this new chal­lenge and we can’t wait to cheer for the Knights.” Twit­ter: @tam­lyn­nusa

St. Mary’s Ryken has re­cently hired Burt John Pum­roy as its new ath­letic di­rec­tor, re­plac­ing Joe Wysokin­ski who manned the po­si­tion for two years. Wysokin­ski, who was pro­moted to Dean of Stu­dents, will re­main on the foot­ball team’s coach­ing staff. SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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