When Wildcat football coach, Chuck Markiewicz was 6 years old, he knew that he was destined to become the head football coach at Arundel High School one day. At that time, he was a player for the school’s youth football feeder. However, he later became a standout athlete in football, wrestling, and baseball at Arundel. He then went on to play football and lacrosse at both Anne Arundel Community College and Salisbury University. Upon graduating from Salisbury, Coach Markiewicz returned to Arundel, where he served as an assistant coach in both football and lacrosse under Wildcat legends Buddy Hepfer and Clint Gosnell, respectively. This marked the beginning of one of the most successful coaching careers in the history of Anne Arundel County football.
Coach Markiewicz went on to serve as head coach at Chesapeake High School, Meade High School, North County High School, and Arundel. He owns a career record of 243-98 in 31 years as a head coach in Anne Arundel County. His 1994 team at North County High School won the Maryland 4A State Championship as well as several County Championships and playoff appearances. In 2000, he got the opportunity to return “home” to Arundel, where he has left his most lasting legacy.
The numbers speak for themselves. During his 17 years leading the Wildcats, the program compiled a record of 146-47 while winning seven County Championships, two Region Championships, and an appearance in the State Championship game in 2007. Under Coach Markiewicz, the Wildcat football program has been a model of consistency having reached the playoffs 13 times in the last 15 seasons, as well as never finishing the regular season worse than 7-3 during that time. Coach Markiewicz ended his storied career as the all-time leader in wins for a head coach in Anne Arundel County football history.
Even with all of those astonishing achievements, Coach Markiewicz’s legacy at Arundel is defined by so much more. He was a leader in the Wildcat Athletic Department and embodied the meaning of “Wildcat Pride.” He set the example for many young coaches to strive to be successful and was always there to mentor them along the way. His impact on the lives of so many in our community is not best described with words, but in the way that so many of his former students, players, and assistant coaches have achieved greatness in so many different ways in their lives.
Arundel High School will never fill the void left by Coach Markiewicz. We can only attempt to maintain the tradition of excellence set by an unbelievable mentor who was simply “Living His Dream.”