MPSSAA taps Balto.'s Wade; If nomination is approved, he'd be president in 2002


Bob Wade, the athletic director for Baltimore public schools, has been nominated as president-elect of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Wade's nomination must be approved by the Board of Control next month, but if he is selected, Wade will begin a two-year term in June 2002.

Cecil County's Mary Etta Reedy, the current president, completes her two-year term next June and will be succeeded by president-elect Marlene Kelly, of Anne Arundel County. Wade would then become president-elect, with duties including service on the Board of Control and the executive council.

During his term as president, the city will mark its 10th anniversary as a MPSSAA member.

"In two years, Bob would be presiding over the Board of Control and the executive council," said Baltimore County coordinator of athletics, Ron Belinko, a past president.

As president, Wade would be at the core of state association decisions. Belinko's efforts during his 1994-96 term resulted in the "Belinko Commission," a committee of athletic directors and administrators that helped establish the state's open-playoff system.

"I'm surprised and honored," said Wade, 54, a long-time city coach and one-time basketball coach at Maryland. "It's a great feeling to know that some of my peers, statewide, considered me worthy of that position."

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