Braun joins Broadneck as boys soccer coach


Broadneck High School athletic director Ken Kazmarek announced yesterday the hiring of Jonathan Braun as head coach of the boys soccer team.

Braun, a former head coach at Southern High in Harwood, will replace Kevin McMullen, who resigned last month to take a teaching/coaching position at Thomas Johnson Middle/High School in Frederick County.

McMullen, the only boys soccer coach Broadneck has had since opening in 1982, coached the Bruins to a 91-35-10 record in his tenure, reaching the state Class 4A finals in 1990.

"Kevin left a tremendous void for us to fill here at Broadneck and I feel that by bringing Jon on, we are filling that void as closely as we can," Kazmarek said.

"Jon represents a lot of things that Kevin did as a coach, and he has a similar coaching style and philosophy," Kazmarek said.

Braun, a Cape St. Claire resident, is no stranger to Broadneck soccer. Before coaching Severna Park's junior varsity boys team and at Southern, the 38-year-old served as McMullen's first assistant coach.

"I'm very excited about this," said Braun, a physical education teacher at Edgewater Elementary School. "It's my first opportunity as a head coach on the 4A level, and I'm looking forward to it. When I was at Southern [from 1984-1992] we played everyone, but we were always the small school playing against the big school. Now I'll have a chance to play these schools on an equal level.

"I feel fortunate to have worked with Kevin before. He ran an outstanding program at Broadneck, and I learned a lot from him. I'll try to continue things along the same line."

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