Former Brigantine Lifeguard and Holy Spirit grad and rowing coach Paul Savell is in his 10th season as director of rowing and head men’s and women’s crew coach at Drexel University.

At Drexel, Savell has led the Dragons to unprecedented national and international successes at some of the most prestigious regattas in collegiate rowing, including the Henley Regatta and the Dad Vail Regatta.

Savell has been honored on multiple occasions for his team’s successes on the water and his contributions to the rowing community. In May 2015, Savell became Drexel’s first-ever recipient of the Dad Vail Coach of the Year Award. At the 21st annual Joy of Sculling Coaches Conference, he was named the 2013 Men’s Collegiate Coach of the Year. In the fall of 2012, he was named the Schuylkill Navy Coach of the Year. Paul’s list of honors and successes fill more than an entire page in the Drexel dragon staff directory.

Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where he rowed stroke for two years. Following graduation in 1992, he returned to lifeguard in Brigantine while seeking employment as a teacher. After a number of interviews, Paul decided to use the “Harry Wong” approach of touching parents and students through building success and pride in his next interview at Pleasantville.

Following the interview, Paul related his success to me while at his lifeguard stand on the beach. Thus, Paul humbly began his career at Pleasantville. This start was to be the launching pad in his tremendous journey of accomplishment of touching so many young men and women.

Paul later coached rowing at Spirit. He then put Lehigh’s program on the map with successful wins at major regattas before coming to Drexel.

At Drexel Paul, assisted by former Holy Spirit Coach Mike Guerrieri, has attracted a number of top notch area rowers to his program including Holy Spirit’s Kylee Magee, Kalli Reganato, Armanda Reale, and Christine Wojciechowicz, and Atlantic High’s Abby Pierson.

Paul’s sister Amy, her husband Patrick Kennedy and their children reside in Brigantine. Savell currently resides in Haddon Twp. with his wife and three sons.

#1 Holy Spirit girls crew with Abby and Maddy Koch captured first place in Middletown, Delaware. Additionally, Kayla Driscoll and Mollye Knoff were in the first place freshman eight boat.

Brigantine’s Brett Kennedy (Atlantic City) pitched six strong innings in San Antonio’s 2-1 loss to the Royals team in the double A Texas League.

Scrapbook Scribblings

Anthony Lawler stroked a 44 to help Holy Spirit edge Wildwood catholic 212-215 in gulf at the Wildwood Country Club. Kevin Curau had a 49 in Spirit’s 203-195 loss to Oakcrest.

Billy Stroby had a double and two RBIs for Holy Spirit in a 15-1 win over Pleasantville.

Logan Kesel, who starred for the 2013 Holy Spirit soccer team, will sing the National Anthem at the University of Pennsylvania’s Commencement on May 15th at Franklin Field.

Turning back the pages to…

1967: Ed Fitzgerald won the Brigantine Jaycees foul shooting contest with Ed Barbin and Joe Mason runners-up in the 13-15 age group. Jules Daniels copped the 11-12 championship followed by Charlie Muller and Robert Cicciarelli.

1967: Eddie Feigner of the King and his Court fast pitch softball team struck out major leaguers Willie Mays, Willie Mc Covey, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Maury Wills, and Harmon Killebrew in a row in a charity celebrity softball game.