Duckett resigns as Severn's boys basketball coach Job, health concerns lead to decision after 19-5 year

April 19, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Charles "Tank" Duckett has resigned after two seasons as head coach of the Severn School boys basketball team. Duckett cited a job relocation and health problems for his stepping down.

Duckett led the Admirals to a 19-5 record and No. 17 ranking in The Sun's final Top 20 last season. Severn was the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference runner-up to St. Paul's.

"My job with BGE is moving to D.C., and I found out I have a diabetic condition," said Duckett.

The 29-year-old Duckett became disoriented after his team's first loss to St. Paul's on Feb. 14, during the regular season, and was diagnosed with diabetes.

"The doctors gave me insulin shots the rest of the season so I could finish the year and playoffs," said Duckett. "I've got it under control now, but I had to give up the Severn job."

Duckett, who was an assistant to Wayne Fowler at Severn for two years before taking over in 1995 and going 14-14, told Severn athletic director Fred Hewitt of his decision two weeks after the season ended.

"Tank did a great job, but we're going to chart a new course," said Hewitt yesterday. "We have our new coach, but I can't announce it until next week."

Severna Park's four-year head coach Paul Pellicani was reportedly offered the job.

Pub Date: 4/19/97

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