Severn School athletic director Fred Hewitt confirmed yesterday that Jim Doyle will not be returning as the head coach of the Admirals varsity boys basketball and football programs next season.
Hewitt cited the economy as Doyle's reason for leaving.
"Jim works two seasons at Severn School for very little money," said Hewitt. "Jim owns a carpet business and with the current state of the economy as it is, we couldn't offer him enough money to keep him here.
"It's purely economics. Everyone here is going to miss him, but that doesn't change the reality of it all. Football doesn't pay the salary that pays the rent or puts food on the table."
Doyle, who took over Severn's boys basketball program in 1986, has led the Admirals to a 94-66 record in his eight-year tenure. The Admirals are 22-1 this season and riding a 21-game winning streak into the Association of Independent Schools Tournament, which begins Tuesday at Gilman School.
Doyle has experienced similar success on the football field. In 1991 he took over the program from Doug Williams whom he served as an assistant under for several years. In his first year at thehelm, the Admirals were 7-3 and MSA C Conference co-champions.
Last fall, the Admirals won their first eight games before dropping their last two to eventual champion St. Paul's, 21-7, and St. Mary's, 21-14.
"It's going to be very difficult to replace him," said Hewitt, who lost another veteran coach when boys lacrosse mentor Rob White left Severn for an administrative position at St. Mary's. "We have to find someone in the area who has a lot of free time in the afternoons.
"Finding coaches is extremely difficult, especially for football. We need to find somebody who not only loves to coach football, but someone whose job permits him the flexibility to coach."
Doyle could not be reached for comment.