Doyle Makes Return Engagement To Severn

Former Admirals Coach In Football, Basketball Comes Out Of Retirement

Boys Basketball

April 22, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Whenever Severn School needs a basketball or football coach, athletic director Fred Hewitt picks up the phone and calls Jim Doyle.

Doyle is back for a second run as Severn School's boys basketball coach and has had two stints as football coach.

Doyle succeeds Charles "Tank" Duckett, who stepped down after two seasons (33-19, .635) because of health problems and a job relocation.

"We are pleased to have Jim Doyle return to the Severn coaching staff," said Hewitt.

Doyle coached the Admirals' basketball team for seven seasons (98-67, .594), going 25-2 and winning the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference title in his final year, 1992-93.

Severn was 20-8 the previous season and 15-7 in 1990-91, the school's first winning season in basketball in more than 20 years.

It is the second time Doyle has come out of retirement to coach a Severn team. He came out of retirement to coach the football team and then retired again.

Doyle was head football coach for two years but resigned after the 1992 season "to concentrate on his business." Longtime Anne Arundel Community coach and Severn alumnus, Al Pastrana, followed Doyle but didn't make it through the '93 season.

After a 24-12 loss to archrival St. Mary's left the Admirals 1-2, Pastrana resigned and the call went out to Doyle, who led Severn to a 3-4 record the rest of the way.

Doyle (26-10 .722, nearly four seasons) led the Admirals to an 8-1 record in 1994 and resigned again. John Beckman then took over.

Pub Date: 4/22/97

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