Bakari has always done a good job of getting as much as possible out of the Rams, and this winter he guided them to the Baltimore City title, a share of the Class 3A East region crown and a tie for fourth at the state meet.

Digital Harbor won the city for the second time in five years and tied Hereford for first in a tough region. After finishing fourth in Class 2A last year, the Rams moved up to 3A but didn't miss a beat.

Bakari is known for being one of the more vocal and motivational coaches, always standing right by the track and cheering on his athletes during races.

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He had George Flaviano, an All-Metro first-team pick, to lead the way, but the Rams had a number of other strong athletes who gave Bakari a strong lineup throughout.

"[This] was a direct result of young men accepting their identified role that they play on the team and being responsible for the outcome," Bakari said.