Maradei resigns after turmoil-filled reign at Northwest

By Alan Goldenbach
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mark Maradei has resigned as Northwest's football coach after one very tumultuous season at the Germantown school. The Jaguars went 3-7, their first losing record since the program's inaugural season in 1998.

Northwest Athletic Director Jim Tapley said Maradei cited "personal/family reasons" in his letter of resignation as his reason for stepping down. Tapley said the school will post the vacancy immediately and begin searching for a replacement with "no specific timeline."

"I really don't want to comment, other than to say it's just been tough," said Maradei, adding he hasn't thought about coaching elsewhere next season.

Maradei was hired last February from Rockville, where he coached the Rams to a 17-13 mark in three years, including the school's second playoff appearance. Prior to his arrival, Rockville hadn't won more than three games in a season since 2000.

But off-the-field issues plagued Northwest shortly after Maradei arrived. On June 29, the younger sister of Jaguars standout running back Hassan Dixon, 12-year-old Shiane, died in a car accident.

Three days later, Edwin "Dek" Miller, a 16-year-old rising junior, collapsed during a voluntary conditioning workout at the school, and was rushed to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, with Maradei accompanying him. Miller died four days later.

On Sept. 15, Northwest suspended Maradei indefinitely, as it investigated allegations he made inappropriate contact with a player during practice on Sept. 14. He was reinstated on Sept. 22.

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