Anne Arundel’s all-time winningest football coach Markiewicz steps down

Chuck Markiewicz, the winningest high school football coach in Anne Arundel County history, has retired. Markiewicz stepped down last week as Arundel coach after 18 seasons.

“I just thought it was time for someone else to step up and try to move Arundel to the next step on the ladder,” Markiewicz said to the Annapolis Capital. “I just thought it was a good time for one of those young bucks to take over.”

Markiewicz went 243-99 over 31 seasons, coaching at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, Meade, North County and Arundel. He compiled a 146-47 mark at Arundel, his alma-mater.

Markiewicz, a 1973 graduate, guided the Gambrills school to the 2008 Class 4A state final. He spent 11 seasons at North County, winning the 4A state crown in 1994, the first by Anne Arundel school since 1978.

Markiewicz, 62, isn’t leaving the sidelines. He will join Kyle Schmitt’s staff at Archbishop Spalding as offensive line coach.

“We’ve known each other for about nine years. We’ve always shared ideas and enjoyed seeing this he did with the no-huddle,” said Schmitt, who was an assistant to Markiewicz on the Maryland Big 33 staff last summer. “He’s a football coach. He’s still in a growth mindset. He’s an awesome mentor.”

Markiewicz, who played football and lacrosse at Salisbury State (now Salisbury University) was inducted in the Anne Arundel County Hall of Fame in 2014. He’s also a member of the Hall of Fame at Arundel High and Anne Arundel Community College.

“I feel really grateful to have had the opportunity to do what I’ve done for all these years and I’ve done it with some really good people,” Markiewicz said to the Capital. “I’m just not going to be the boss anymore.”

Markiewicz was the winningest active coach in Maryland after Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy retired last February after 405 wins over 47 seasons. The title now belongs to Stephen Decatur’s Bob Knox (232-141).