the endeavor, be it athletic or professional, Bill Hewko
always found success.
Bill was a three-year letter winner at
Freedom, earning All-Section honors as a junior and senior.
He was a unanimous All-Section choice as a senior, where he
was named the Pittsburgh Press Section 8 Player of the Year
in 1956 after scoring a school record of 507 points and
averaging 24 points per game. Following his senior season,
Bill was named Honorable Mention All-State and participated
in the East-West All Star game, where he was the high scorer
with 24 points.
Bill went on to star at Geneva College,
where he averaged 16 points per game over his final three
seasons and led the Golden Tornadoes to the NAIA District
playoffs each season. Bill averaged 13 points per game with
172 rebounds his senior year. Geneva won the West Penn
Conference Championship in 1961, with Bill, a senior
co-captain, named to the NAIA Honorable Mention All-State
team. Bill also played for Geneva's baseball team his junior
Bill continued to play basketball during
his post-college military service, playing for the Fort Lee
Travelers, a United States Army Post team that included the
legendary Lenny Wilkins, who would go on to become one of
the winningest coaches in NBA history. Bill also played with
many local teams in various tournaments, including the 1961
Serbian Basketball Tournament at the Pitt Field House where,
representing Midland, he was named the Most Valuable Player.
Bill also found professional success as an
educator, going on to become a teacher and principal at his
alma mater, Freedom. He was a principal at Freedom for 21
years: four years at the Junior High, and the last 17 at the
Senior High School. But Bill didn't leave athletics behind.
Bill coached cross country and basketball at Freedom,
including helping the Bulldogs win a section championship as
an assistant coach in 1966. Bill then went on to a
successful 11-year stint as a basketball official, where he
officiated numerous WPIAL and PIAA playoff games.
After 46 years as a teacher, guidance
counselor and principal at public and private schools in
Freedom, Shaler, and Mars, Bill retired in 2008. Bill is
married to Sandi, and the couple lives in Adams Township.
Bill is the father of three children: Lynn, John, and the
late Alexis. Bill has two grandchildren: Megan and Will.