Pastrana steps down at Severn Doyle returns as football coach

September 24, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Just three games into the season, Alan Pastrana has resigned as football coach at Severn School and Jim Doyle, the man he replaced, will return to the job.

Doyle will be at the helm when the Admirals play Archbishop Spalding at Brooklyn Park Field at 7 tonight.

The Admirals started the season with a 34-6 victory over John Carroll, but then lost to Southern, 34-0, and to archrival St. Mary's, 24-12, Saturday.

Pastrana, whose only other head-coaching experience was a stint at Anne Arundel Community College, resigned Wednesday morning. The resignation followed a Tuesday meeting with a group of parents, Severn headmaster William Creeden and athletic director Fred Hewitt.

"I felt really bad for him and called him yesterday [Wednesday]," said Doyle, who was 15-5 in two seasons as head coach of the Admirals and was also a longtime assistant to former coach Doug Williams.

"The school was behind him, but he felt he couldn't get the support he needed from the parents and community. It was handled terribly, and I felt bad for him."

Doyle's reference was to an increasing number of complaints lodged by the players and parents over Pastrana's laid-back coaching style. Pastrana didn't gain any support when he visited friends in the stands during halftimes of both losses.

After reading a prepared statement announcing his resignation, Pastrana chose not to comment on outside pressures.

"I just felt in the best interests of Severn School that I tender my resignation," said Pastrana. "But I am not bitter. It's really not a big deal."

The former University of Maryland quarterback who had a brief stint in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, would only say further that "the program was not going in the direction I had hoped."

Hewitt said Pastrana's decision "was disappointing because I think a lot of him as a person who cared deeply about the kids."

Hewitt said he was surprised by Pastrana's resignation. The Admirals' AD wasted little time bringing Doyle back.

"Mr. Hewitt called me at 3:30 and asked me if I would give six weeks of my time to come back and help the kids," said Doyle, who ran practice Wednesday.

"My head said no, but my heart said yes. Mr. Hewitt knows how to get to me."

Doyle had stepped down at the end of last season as both football and basketball coach to spend more time with his business.

"Jim is doing it as a favor to our athletic department and his concern for the Severn kids," said Hewitt. "He's an interim coach in an emergency situation."

Doyle said he really missed coaching and did not rule out staying on beyond this season. "I missed being with the kids and preparing for the games, and yes, I believe I will be interested in coming back and working something out with Severn," he said.

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