The 2018-19 season is Tommy Hewitt’s 14th season at the helm of Anderson University’s softball program after being named the head coach at Anderson in June, 2005.
Prior to accepting the Trojans’ head coaching position, Hewitt, a native of College Park, Ga., spent eight years at Pendleton High School in Pendleton, S.C., where he was the school-to-work coordinator and also coached several sports. He was an assistant softball and football coach and was the head coach for girls’ golf and junior varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer.
Hewitt, the 2014 South Atlantic Coach of the Year, has averaged 30 wins per year, amassing 360 victories during his 12 previous campaigns, including a school-record 43 victories during the 2014 season, which eclipsed the 2013 team’s then school-record 40 wins. The Trojans have posted record-setting win totals in three of the last six campaigns, starting with 38 in 2012, 40 in 2013 and 43 victories in 2014 while reaching the 40-win plateau again in 2015.
With Hewitt at the helm of the program, the Trojans have made three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Southeast Regional, beginning with a berth in the 2013 Savannah Super Regional. AU was a host site for one of the two Southeast Region tournaments in 2014 and traveled to North Georgia for the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Since joining the South Atlantic Conference for the 2011 campaign, Hewitt’s Trojans have compiled a 237-103 (.667) overall record in eight seasons and have eclipsed traditional league powerhouses Wingate (204 wins) and Catawba (191 wins) in total number of victories over the seven seasons, while narrowly trailing Carson-Newman (239 wins) and Lenoir-Rhyne (287 wins).
Under Hewitt’s tutelage, the 2013 edition of Anderson softball finished 12th in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Poll after earning its’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and gaining a berth in the Southeast Super Regional. The Trojans, who were unranked throughout the regular season, vaulted into the top 25 on the strength of their three-game run through the Hickory Regional and appearance versus host Armstrong Atlantic State University in the Super Regional. Anderson’s bid for an appearance in the NCAA’s Elite Eight fell just shy, as fourth-ranked and host AASU defeated AU, 6-5, in 11 innings and 7-2 the following day in Savannah.
Hewitt guided the Trojans to the most wins in school history (40) in 2013, and rankings in the top 25 nationally in five offensive categories, including 13th in slugging percentage (.520), 14th in home runs per game (1.05) and 17th in runs per game (6.47).
Hewitt also places an emphasis on success in the classroom as well and has coached back-to-back CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America honorees. Shortstop Meredith Knox garnered the award in 2010, while third baseman Emily Monteith collected the honor following the 2011 season. Amber Duncan was named First-Team Academic All District following the 2011 season. Ten Trojans were named Academic All-Conference in 2010 and Hewitt’s teams are always in the hunt for the Dr. Shirley Jacks award, which is presented by the AU Athletics Department to the team that possesses the highest grade point average for each semester. The softball team claimed the honor in the fall of 2007 and 2009.
A trio of players - Laura Jansky, Bri Cason and Rebecca Martin earned Capital One Academic All-District honors in 2014 with Kasey Grant earning First Team Academic All-District in 2017. In 2018, Grant earned the SAC Elite 20 Award which recognizes the highest GPA at the SAC Championships.
“Our motto is we will not allow anyone to outwork us,” Hewitt said. “We believe hard work and dedication will pay off in softball and in life.”
Hewitt has also been dedicated to facility enhancements, with the completion of the new softball facility in July 2015, at the Athletic Campus. The new facility will rival any softball venue in the southeast.
Hewitt has coached both AAU softball and baseball. In 2002 and 2003, he led an Under-16 team from Pendleton to an overall record of 99-32 and seven tournament titles. The ’02 team came in second at the ISA World in Covington, Ga., and the ’03 team came in second at the USFA World in Panama City, Fla.
“I want to take the Anderson softball program to conference championships and to regionals,” Hewitt said. “We will be an aggressive team. We will take advantage of the mistakes of our opponents. We will do the little things you have to do to win games. If it’s a one-run game, I want that one run to be on our side.”
Hewitt attended Clayton Junior College in Jonesboro, Ga., and Mercer University in Atlanta, where he received a B.S. degree in business administration. He and his wife Delilah reside in Anderson and have three children – Kellie, Kevin and Kenric.