SOUTHINGTON - A new era is underway at Southington High School, where the Blue Knights have announced Howard Hewitt as the new head girls basketball coach on Tuesday.
Hewitt arrives at Southington with more than four decades of coaching experience, most recently as the head coach of the Maloney boys basketball team, and is an inductee of the Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
“Through the interview process, coach Hewitt showed a clear passion for education and basketball, which distinguished him as the leader of our education-based girls basketball program,” Southington athletic director Greg Ferry said in a statement. “We welcome Howie Hewitt into our Southington High School Athletics family and are excited to see the positive impact he will have on the girls basketball program and athletic department as a whole.”
During his time at Maloney, Hewitt compiled a 457-285 record with the Spartans’ boys basketball team and won a state title in 2008. He replaces Mike Forgione, who coached Southington for nine seasons and won 119 games with the Blue Knights.
After losing a mass of talent to graduation prior to the 2018-19 season, Southington went just 5-15 to close out Forgione’s tenure. Hewitt will inherit a young roster that is losing just two players to graduation, bringing back key contributors such as Livvy Pizzitola and Brianna Harris, who will look to avenge the team’s first losing season since 2012.
Hewitt will be formally introduced at a press conference at Southington High School on Thursday.
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