Hewitt stepping down as Severn AD after 21 years


October 30, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

One of the most respected and finest men to ever carry the title of athletic director in Anne Arundel County, Severn's Fred L. Hewitt III, is retiring from that job at the end of the school year.

Hewitt, 59, has served Severn School 21 years, changing its reputation from a lacrosse/football school to one having a total athletic program for boys and girls.

Hewitt will remain on the faculty with his wife, Ann, who has been Severn's middle schools secretary for 21 years, and his daughter, Cathy Carper, a history and dance teacher for the past 11 years and middle school field hockey coach.

"I'm not really retiring, because I will stay on as a history teacher, something I've done the last 21 years in addition to my other duties," said Hewitt. "I'm really proud of the kids who have played here during my time, and I hope I have impacted their lives in some way."

Hewitt figures more than 2,000 graduates have gone through Severn's sports programs in his tenure. Those players have won 39 varsity championships and played more than 6,000 games. Five new programs -- cross country, girls soccer, boys and girls swimming and baseball -- have begun under his direction.

Athletes have included, in lacrosse, brothers Jason and Ryan Wade; brothers Jimmy and Steve Beardmore, Drew Burns, Perry Frazer, Milford Marchant, Doug Trettin, Chris Lamon, Cash Hilmer, Dudley Dixon, Matt Long, Josh Sims and Mike DeStefano.

Outstanding girls lacrosse players include Wendy Jones, Kate Graw, Kelly Burrows, Katie O'Connor, Amy Santin, Mollie Frazer, Kate Orff, Laura Finlay, and Suzanne Weinberg.

Other athletes include Howard "Beaver" Petty, Kelly Caulk, John Vereen and Dennard Melton in football, soccer's Joel Wallenstrom, and Alhamisi Sims in basketball.

Hewitt has been a tireless promoter of academic excellence. He is the only county athletic director or coach to have attended all 15 of The Sun's All-County Academic-Athletic Team banquets.

Through his efforts, Severn has been well represented each of the 15 years, with male and female student/athletes. Winners from the school have been Willis Wu (1996) and Catherine Cole (1995).

Hewitt, who spent 14 years in the Navy and had two stints in Vietnam, winning a Silver Star for valor before coming to Severn School, also has been active in state and national associations.

From 1985-93, he was second-vice president of the old Maryland PTC Scholastic Association and was president of the Maryland State Athletic Directors' Association from 1994 to 1996.

Hewitt has also been honored as athletic director of the year several times by state and national associations.

A staunch crusader for sportsmanship, Hewitt wrote a paper several years ago outlining the importance administrators and coaches have in setting the example.

"In many ways, high school athletic programs represent the last line of defense with regard to ethical play," wrote Hewitt. "To be a leader in athletics is, of course, to be a teacher, mentor, role model, substitute parent figure, and cheerleader."

Hewitt has been all that and more to Severn School. He will be missed.

Severn is forming a search committee to find Hewitt's replacement, as the school plans expansion of its athletic facilities. The school is involved in a mild dispute with the Olde Severna Park Community Association over the expansion, which is something the new athletic director will face.

But in typical Hewitt fashion, he said: "I will be around to help the new A.D. anyway I can."

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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