Kent Fewell announced Wednesday he is resigning as Hickman baseball coach, ending a 27-year coaching career in the Kewpies’ program.
Fewell said he told athletic director Doug Mirts about his decision in early June but didn’t made it official until Wednesday.
“I was 90 percent sure I was stepping down when I talked to Doug at the end of the school year last year,” Fewell said. “I had been meaning to get the letter of resignation in; I just finally got it done now.”
Mirts was unavailable for comment.
With a solid squad returning this season, featuring Division-I signee Blake Tekotte, Fewell’s decision comes as somewhat of a surprise.
Hickman finished last season 12-7 with a loss to Jefferson City in the Class 4 District 10 semifinals.
Tekotte batted .519 with seven home runs and 21 runs batted in as a junior last season.
“It was a combination of things,” Fewell said. “We’ve got a good group of kids coming back this year so I knew I wouldn’t be leaving (the new coach) with nothing. I feel like I could’ve kept coaching for another 20 years, but I had to ask the question of whether the program is better with me or with someone new.
“I think the program probably needed new direction and maybe a better motivator. We’ve had some good teams the past couple of years, and I didn’t feel we did as well as we should have.”
A replacement has not yet been announced, but Fewell said he would like to see the job stay within the program and get passed down to his assistant, Dave Wilson.
“I know Dave has talked to the administration (about the job opening),” Fewell said. “He’s been my assistant for four or five years. He’s someone who deserves it, and can try to build this program.”