Poss out as baseball coach at St. Mary's

Bob Hough
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St. Mary's High School Athletic Director Allison Fondale has confirmed Johnny Poss is no longer the coach of the school's baseball team.

Poss coached the Saints to a 4-0 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Monday, but by late Tuesday afternoon Mike Bronakoski was listed as the head coach on the school's athletic website. Fondale confirmed the information Tuesday night following the boys lacrosse game against Archbishop Spalding.

Fondale would not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding Poss' departure and could only confirm he was no longer the coach.

"We're thankful for Johnny and everything he's done for St. Mary's baseball," Fondale said. "We're very appreciative for all of his hard work with our baseball program."

According to an email sent to parents of players, Poss resigned his position.

"I am writing to inform you that Coach Johnny Poss has resigned from his position as varsity head baseball coach at St. Mary's effective immediately," Fondale said in the message. "I would like to thank Coach Poss for his hard work, passion and commitment to St. Mary's Baseball, his staff, players and parents. I respect Coach Poss' decision to step down."

Following a message left on Poss' cellphone seeking comment, he responded with a message.

"The decision was not mine to make, and I don't agree with the way it was executed mid-season," Poss said. "St. Mary's has made their decision and I have no choice but to accept it. I want my current and former players and families to know I love them and I want to thank them for six great years."

Poss, who was in his sixth year coaching the Saints, compiled a 123-28 record during his time, which included back-to-back Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championships, including a 27-1 record in 2014 when the Saints won their first title. The Saints moved up to the A Conference after winning their second straight title in 2015. Poss played at DeMatha Catholic High and Winthrop University before playing minor league baseball from 1998-2002.

Bronakoski, who was a three-year starter at North County and a 2013 graduate of Towson University, where he played all four years, had been the team's pitching coach before he was promoted to associate head coach prior to this season. The Saints played at John Carroll on Wednesday and will play at Loyola on Saturday.

"The program as a whole could not be more thankful for everything that Johnny has done. The amount of effort he has put into this program is greatly appreciated by the players, parents, and administration. There is no doubt that St. Mary's baseball would not be at the level we are at now without his commitment," Bronakoski said. "With that being said, I'm grateful to have the opportunity to coach a group of great young men and very talented players. We are looking forward to finishing our season strongly and continuing to establish St. Mary's as a top program for years to come."

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