Tommy Hewitt | Head Coach
Office Phone: (864) 231-2109
The 2015 season is Tommy Hewitt’s 10th season at the helm of Anderson University’s softball program after being named the head coach at Anderson in June, 2005. After leading the Trojans to a share of the 2014 South Atlantic Conference regular-season title and the league’s tournament crown, Hewitt was named SAC Coach of the Year.
His squads have averaged nearly 29 wins per year, posting 257 victories during his nine campaigns, including a school-record 43 victories last season, which eclipsed the 2013 team’s then school-record 40 wins. The Trojans have posted record-setting win totals in each of the last three campaigns, starting with 38 in 2012, 40 in 2013 and last season’s 43 victories.
Since joining the South Atlantic Conference for the 2011 campaign, Hewitt’s Trojans have compiled a 143-60 (.704) overall record in four seasons and have eclipsed traditional league powerhouses Carson-Newman (139) and Wingate (128) in total number of victories over the four seasons, while trailing just Lenoir-Rhyne (170).
Under Hewitt’s tutelage, the Trojans earned the second seed and hosted one of two NCAA Southeast Regional Tournaments for the first time in school history in 2014. Last season’s squad climbed as high as 14th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Poll, while the 2013 edition of Anderson softball finished 12th in the final NFCA Poll after earning its’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and gaining a berth in the 2013 Southeast Super Regional.
The 2014 squad ranked eighth nationally with a .553 slugging percentage and ninth in the country with 1.35 home runs per game. AU was also 11th nationally in doubles per contest (1.76) and 34th with a team batting average of .329.
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.
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.
In 2013, Hewitt guided the Trojans to the most wins in school history (40), 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).
In his very first season at Anderson, the Trojans shattered the school’s single-season record for home runs by 40 - Anderson blasted 49 home runs and two players, Kayla Williams (18) and Kayla Thrasher (10), shattered the old team record of nine homers in a single season by themselves.
Williams finished sixth NCAA Division II in home runs per game. During the 2013 season, AU’s potent offense ripped a school-record 58 home runs and last year’s squad belted a school record 74 round-trippers.
During his nine-year tenure at AU, Hewitt has guided his players to all-conference accolades 22 times, while four Trojan softball players have earned Conference Freshman of the Year honors (Meredith Knox, Swygert, Neidigh and Czentnar). Amber Duncan, Rachel Rhodes and Bri Cason were named to the 2012 SAC All-Tournament Team, while right-handed hurler Casey Deer was named to the 2010 Conference Carolinas All-Tournament team.
Three players - Abby Child (Shortstop), Jeccica Neidigh (2nd Base) and Danielle Swygert (1st Base) - have earned Daktronics All-Region accolades over the past two seasons. Neidigh went on to earn All-America recognition, while Swygert was an Honorable Mention All-American following the 2013 season.
Molly Child was named to the Daktronics Third-Team All-America Team following the 2014 season, while Neidigh, Swygert, Molly Child and Abby Child earned NFCA All-Region accolades. Swygert, Molly Child and Abby Child also garnered Daktronics All-Region honors, while Abby Child, Molly Child and Katelynn Howser were named to the 2014 SAC All-Tournament team, with Abby Child garnering tourney MVP honors. Swygert and Molly Child were named First-Team All-SAC, while Abby Child, Courtney Czentnar and Howser earned second-team accolades. Neidigh earned honorable-mention All-SAC honors, while Czentnar was also named SAC Freshman of the Year.
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 last season.
“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 plans on the drawing board for a new field with an artificial surface and new facilities at the Athletic Campus, which are scheduled for completion prior to the 2015 season. He has already overseen the addition of a permanent scoreboard and outfield fencing, along with enhancing spectator seating, a sound system and a concession stand at the existing Smethers Field.
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.
Hewitt and his wife Delilah reside in Anderson and have three children – Kellie, Kevin and Kenric.