Fordham's Hawthorn done after 54 years

NEW YORK -- Bob Hawthorn, the men's tennis and squash coach at Fordham for 54 years, has retired, ending the longest tenure of any coach in school history.

Hawthorn began his coaching career at Fordham in 1956, one of the last hirings of legendary athletic director Jack Coffey.

A 1953 graduate of Fordham, Hawthorn was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977. He taught at Fordham Prep from 1958 to 2005. He became a registered nurse in 1985.

In February 2006, Hawthorn was inducted into the College Squash Association Hall of Fame and the CSA honored him by creating a Hawthorn Championship Division.

He and his wife live in New Rochelle, where they raised seven children, all of whom attended Fordham and either played or served as manager of the tennis team under their father.