Johns Hopkins University announced yesterday that longtime coach and director of athletics Bob Scott will retire in June.
Hopkins will conduct a national search during the 1994-95 academic year to fill the director's position. Susan Boswell, the university's dean of students, has been appointed to head the search committee.
"I'll be 65 next March, and for 41 of those years I've been on the athletic staff at Hopkins and I think it's time for someone else to take over," said Scott, who has served as director of athletics at Hopkins since 1973. "I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it's been a great run."
During his 20-year tenure as head coach of the Blue Jays men's lacrosse team, Scott led Hopkins to seven national championships, including the school's first NCAA title in his final season as coach in 1974.
Scott, a Baltimore native, first came to the Homewood campus in the fall of 1948, after an outstanding athletic career at Forest Park High School. He excelled in football and lacrosse at Hopkins and served as the Blue Jays captain in both sports during his senior year.
That same season -- 1952 -- Scott earned honorable-mention All-America honors as a midfielder and was selected captain of the South All-Stars in that year's North-South Lacrosse Classic.
After graduating from Hopkins, Scott served two years in the U.S. Army before returning to Homewood. He took over the Blue Jays' lacrosse program in 1955 and saw 42 of his players receive first-team All-America recognition before he was succeeded by Henry Ciccarone.
"I certainly won't sever my ties with the school and I'll still be involved in some of the activities," said Scott, who lives in Towson with his wife, Margo.
"I won't be excommunicated. I'll still be around the campus and I'll still go to all the games, I just won't have the responsibilities of the athletic director."