SOUTHINGTON — Howie Hewitt may be through coaching at Maloney High School, but he’s not through coaching basketball.
A day after his departure from the Maloney boys basketball program, it was announced Hewitt’s next stop will be in Southington — coaching the girls program.
The news was revealed Tuesday in a press release by Southington athletic director Greg Ferry.
“The opportunity just presented itself and it seemed like a great challenge,” Hewitt said Tuesday. “They have a great program and it is going to be a challenge because it’s something different for me. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to building on the program that they already have established there.”
Hewitt, 66, replaces outgoing coach Mike Forgione, who stepped down in March after nine years with the Lady Knights. Forgione totaled a 119-83 record during his Southington tenure. His teams made the state Class LL tournament in eight of his nine years at his alma mater.
“I’m confident and enthusaastic of what we can do in Southington and I’m really looking forward to it,” Hewitt said.
Hewitt resigned from his boys basketball post at Maloney on Monday with a 457-285 record. He brought home the program's lone state title in 2008. He coached Maloney for 43 years total, the last 33 years as the head coach.
The court at Maloney's Benjamin P. Nessing Gymnasium is named after both Hewitt and his predecessor, Norb Fahey.
Hewitt’s new Southington team will play at Maloney on the Fahey-Hewitt Court early in the 2019-20 season.
Hewitt said the transition from boys basketball to girls basketball should be a smooth one.
“Basketball is basketball,” Hewitt said. “In its truest form, you can teach the game male and female. Kids want to get better. They want to compete and they want to be coached, and as a coach, that’s what you look for and that’s all you can ask for. The kids want to learn and they want to work hard and the rest will take care of itself.
“I feel I have a great opportunity in a great school that is competitive statewide in most all of their sports.”
Hewitt has actually already made the transition to coaching girls sports. He’s assisting head coach Scott Aresco with the Maloney softball program this spring.
Hewitt will be formally introduced as the new Southington girls basketball coach at a press conference at Southington High on Thursday at 3 p.m.
“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,” Ferry stated in the press release. “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 the athletic department as a whole.”