Former Hopkins lacrosse coach, player Wilson Fewster dies

Poly grad was member of Blue Jays' famed Class of 1950 team, which won four straight USILA titles

June 12, 2014|The Baltimore Sun

Wilson Fewster, who coached the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse, football, wrestling and soccer teams, and was a four-year standout on the men's lacrosse team, died Wednesday, the school announced today.

Fewster was the head men's lacrosse coach at Hopkins in 1952 and 1953 and served as the head football coach for nine seasons from 1957 to 1965. He led the football team to a pair of Middle Atlantic Conference South titles (1959, 1960) and one Mason Dixon Championship (1959); he was an assistant coach under Bob Scott when Johns Hopkins won the 1957 and 1959 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association national championships. He also coached one season of soccer and wrestling.

"Wilson was one of the great teachers in both football and lacrosse," Scott said. "He was exceptionally thorough in preparing our players and had a great eye for scouting the opposition in both sports. Sadly, Johns Hopkins has lost another of its all-time greats with his passing."

Fewster was a member of the famed Class of 1950 lacrosse team, which won four consecutive USILA national championships and never lost a game to a collegiate opponent. He earned All-America honors three times during his career, was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980. He was later inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame (1998).

At Poly, Fewster was named first-team All-Maryland from 1942 to 1945 on the school's championship teams of those years, according to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Fewster coached from 1951 to 1966 at Washington and Lee, the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins. He later was coach of the Baltimore Athletic Club and the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club. Fewster played for Mount Washington in 1955 and 1956, winnning the club championship both years.

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