Alumni to be new Gilman AD, grid coach Holley, Poggi to replace Bristow, who is retiring


Gilman alumnus Tim Holley (Class of 1977) will be the Greyhounds' new athletic director, and Biff Poggi (1979) will coach football, filling gaps left by the retirement of Sherm Bristow.

Gilman headmaster Arch Montgomery acted swiftly in replacing

Bristow, who held both posts and has been at the school 26 years. He announced April 2 that he is retiring in June to join a private, local company.

Holley, 38, compiled a seven-season 112-91 record as Gilman's basketball coach from 1987 to 1994 before leaving for three years as Haverford (Pa.) School's athletic director. Holley played football, basketball and baseball at Gilman before attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he played football and basketball.

"Haverford School has been a wonderful experience. I saw the administrative side, budgets, personnel, promotion of other sports that I had no experience in," said Holley. "Coach Bristow is an old friend who taught me, coached me and hired me to coach and teach at Gilman. There are some big shoes to fill, but I'm honored to have the position."

Poggi, an eight-year assistant to Bristow, was primarily responsible for developing All-Metro linemen Alex Mueller and David Payne, each of whom is playing football for Notre Dame. Poggi was an All-Metro and High School All-American before playing at Duke and Pittsburgh.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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