Popielski enters his 18th season as an assistant coach at McDaniel. The Clarion University graduate had coached high school basketball in both Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties for 13 years before making the jump to the collegiate ranks. Since joining the Green Terror staff, the squad has posted a record of 318-168.
In 1998, Popielski earned the Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year honors for his work with the Meade Senior High School’s girls’ varsity squad. His successes at Meade were a result of Popielski’s competitive drive. It’s that spirit that compliments Martin’s style.
While at Meade, he turned around a program that went 3-63 over a three-year span to records of 22-5 and 22-4 in his final two years.
Popielski was an assistant coach at Northern High School in Calvert County with the boys' program from 1988 to 1993. He helped take the Patriots to thee state semifinals and one state final. He was also the head tennis coach at Northern, winning two SMAC and district championships. In 1994, he help the Annapolis girls' basketball team to the state semifinal before taking over at Meade.
Popielski’s passion for coaching extends beyond the campus at McDaniel. Aside from working basketball skills camps, the native of Johnsonburg, Pa., finds time to help out with his son’s baseball team or do clinics for his daughter’s basketball team.
Popielski has not just coached athletics, he has officiated them as well. From 1984 through 1990, he was a PIAA and MPSSA Basketball Official and is a MPSSA and FIFA Soccer Official.
Popielski, a member of the Knights of Columbus, received his master’s degree in administration and supervision at Bowie State University in 1994. He currently resides in Westminster with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children, Cassie, Michael, Sydney and Joshua.