Wade promoted to city recreation post Former UM coach now superintendent


Bob Wade, the former University of Maryland basketball coach who has been working in a special job created for him by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, was promoted yesterday to a position earning at least $50,000 a year in the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks.

Marlyn J. Perritt, the director of the recreation and parks agency, announced Mr. Wade's promotion within weeks of abolishing the jobs of five top agency administrators. Mr. Wade has been named acting superintendent of recreation, replacing James Grant, who retired two weeks ago, said Alma T. Bell, a spokeswoman for the agency.

In his new position, Mr. Wade will oversee the city's 76 recreation centers, sports, athletic and aquatic programs, said Ms. Bell. The job has an annual salary range of $50,000 to $60,000, but Ms. Bell did not know yesterday exactly how much Mr.Wade would earn.

Mr. Wade was hired by the city August 29 to a hybrid position created especially for him by the Schmoke administration. As a special assistant to Ms. Perritt, Mr. Wade forged a cooperative venture in which recreation employees provide services to eight schools and organized a basketball tournament during the Christmas holidays, Ms. Bell said.

Although he was working for the Recreation Department, the school system paid half Mr. Wade's $46,000-a-year salary. Mr. Wade had been on a leave of absence from the city schools before he took the special assistant's job last summer.

The Department of Education also footed the bill for the overtime as much as 10 to 13 hours a week -- that Mr. Wade has charged nearly every week to the school system since he was rehired by the city, said a school department spokesman.

Although city school officials could not provide figures for the total amount of overtime he has accumulated, Mr. Wade earned $20 an hour for his attendance at various meetings, said Doug Neilson, the school spokesman.

Mr. Wade spent 11 years at Dunbar High School before becoming coach at the University of Maryland in 1986. His three-year tenure at Maryland ended when he resigned May 31, 1989, during an investigation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association of disclosures that members of his staff violated NCAA rules while he was coach.

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