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Ben Hewitt Returns to NSU to Take Over
Last month Nova Southeastern University Director of Athletics Michael Mominey announced that Ben Hewitt will return to the Sharks and head up the NSU men’s and women’s swimming programs as head coach.
“After a very competitive national search, it became clear that Coach Hewitt is the right choice to be the next leader of the Sharks swimming program,” Mominey said. “His passion is very evident and I look forward to him instilling his own vision for our highly competitive student-athletes in the program. It’s great to have him coming back “home” as our new head coach.”
A former assistant coach with the program, Hewitt returns to NSU after serving three years as the women’s head coach at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. During his time with the Tigers, he led the squad to three consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearances as well as third-place finishes each year at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.
In 2014-15, the team’s 14th-place showing was their highest at nationals in seven years. All told, Hewitt’s swimmers have earned 14 All-American honors, the 2016 NCAC Swimmer of the Year award and broke 13 school records. Out of the pool, the group had at least a 3.3 GPA or higher each of the last five semesters and were recognized as a CSCAA Scholar All-America team.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to return to NSU and I want to thank Mike Mominey and Kelley Kish for entrusting me with this exceptional responsibility,” Hewitt said. “I also want to thank Hollie Bonewit-Cron for her leadership, guidance and trust in me as her assistant coach. She did a tremendous job in building the program for future success so I certainly have big shoes to fill. This program has a dynamic group of student-athletes that I am eager to connect with and develop. We will continue to be a program where a student-athlete can perform at a very high level, but also be someone who loves their sport, serves their teammates and cares about the work they do every day and I can’t wait to get started.”
Serving as the assistant for both the men’s and women’s teams, under Hollie Bonewit-Cron from 2010-13, Hewitt helped mentor 24 All-Americans and was part of three Sunshine State Conference Championship-winning teams. NSU also had two top-10 team marks and three individual champions at the NCAA DII National Championship during his tenure.
Hewitt also helped Bonewit-Cron start the NSU swim programs in 2010 and played an integral part in the teams’ first-year successes. During that first year of NCAA competition, Hewitt helped guide the men’s program to the first-ever Sunshine State Conference title award and helped mentor eight swimmers that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Championships in their first year of competition.
Albert Lloyd Hired as Assistant Coach
Lloyd, a former student-athlete at Drury University and the University of Louisville, enters his first year at NSU after serving as the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Indianapolis for the past year. While at UINDY, Lloyd helped coach the men’s team to a 15th place finish at the 2016 Div. II National Tournament.
“We are delighted to have someone of Albert’s caliber join our program,” said Hewitt. “His success at the highest level of the NCAA as a student-athlete, along with his work ethic and character will make a great Shark. We will look forward to seeing him influence our young people and having an impact on our team for the coming years.”
As a swimmer at DU, Lloyd was a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA All-American Honorable Mention selection. As a senior, Lloyd was on the National Champion 400 Free-Relay team that broke the National record (2:54.37) and was also on the fifth-place 800 Free-Relay team (6:33.21). While at Louisville, he was a two-time NCAA national qualifier and a two-time NCAA All-American Honorable Mention pick.
Additionally, since August 2015, Lloyd has put in time as the head age-group coach of the Warren Aquatics Club where he helped coach 10 and under swimmers to 12 Top-8 state finishes. Lloyd has also served in the past as an assistant coach for Warren Central High School and Springfield Aquatics, where he also spent time as the head masters swim coach.
Compiled from NSUSharks.com