"At least once every day, there is a time when I wish I wasn't the
athletic director," Tweit said. "Then, I think of all the people I'm
fortunate enough to work with here and to be doing what I do. Even a
bad day here is better than a day spent anywhere else."
Tweit has worked elsewhere in a 30-year career as a teacher, coach
and administrator. But, since arriving at Newport Harbor in February,
1980, he has been an enduring and tireless fixture, who has helped
continue and even broaden the school's reputation as one of the best
all-around athletic programs in Orange County and beyond. He will
begin his 14th year as athletic director in the fall.
The Sailors have a proud boys tradition in water polo (11 CIF
Southern Section championships), volleyball (three), tennis (three),
football (two), cross country (one, to go with a CIF State crown)
and, in recent years, swimming (one) and basketball. Newport also has
a CIF title to its credit in soccer.
Bill Barnett spent more than 30 seasons as the boys water polo
coach and is still heavily involved in the program, coached the last
two years by Jason Lynch. Barnett, along with football coach Jeff
Brinkley and volleyball head man Dan Glenn, both with 17 years under
their belt as head coach of their respective programs, Larry Hirst
with eight years at the basketball helm, and Nowell Kay, a combined
29 seasons as an assistant in two sports before taking over cross
country and track and field last fall, are the anchors of a staff
that also includes many longtime assistant coaches.
Veteran assistants pervade in football, including Bill Brown (21
seasons), Mike Bargas (11), Tony Ciarelli (10) and Bill Calloway
Les Cutler, now working on the lower levels, is another coach with
a long association with the aquatics programs, while athletic
secretary Judy Ayers, with more than 20 years on the job, is
universally viewed as the glue to the entire athletic operation.
"Where we're most fortunate is the core of coaches who have hung
in there, and you have to start with Bill Barnett," Tweit said. "When