Two ex-NFL players to coach Severn basketball, football


Severn School has selected two former NFL players -- Alan Pastrana and Wayne Fowler -- to coach its basketball and football teams, athletic director Fred Hewitt announced yesterday.

The pair will replace Jim Doyle who retired at the end of the season.

Doyle coached Severn's boys basketball team for eight years and the football team for two.

Pastrana, an 11th-round draft choice in 1969 by the Denver Broncos, for whom he played for in 1969 and 1970, will take over the football team, which won its first eight games last fall before dropping its last two to eventual conference champion St. Paul's and archrival St. Mary's.

A 1964 graduate of Annapolis where he captained the football, wrestling and lacrosse teams, Pastrana attended Severn School, a post-secondary prep school at the time, in 1965 and was quarterback for the football team and goalie for the lacrosse team.

Pastrana was awarded a four-year scholarship to Maryland. In 1968, he was the Terps' tri-captain and quarterback, setting an Atlantic Coast Conference record for touchdown passes in a season with 17.

Pastrana was quarterback coach of the Buffalo Bills in 1973, and in 1985 he was inducted into Severn School's Athletic Hall of Fame.

He is now an associate professor of health and physical education at Anne Arundel Community College, where he was head football coach from 1980 to 1989, when the program was disbanded.

Fowler, a Bills offensive lineman who blocked for O. J. Simpson in 1970, inherits a boys basketball team that went 24-2 this season and captured the Armstrong Conference B Division title with him as an assistant.

"Wayne is no stranger to Severn School," Hewitt said. "He knows the players, the competition and understands the school's philosophy of coaching."

A graduate of Glen Burnie, Fowler will be joined by assistant Charles "Tank" Duckett, a Severna Park alumnus who has been an assistant basketball coach at his alma mater the past two seasons.

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