Bill Gibney


Born in Berlin on June 2, 1918, Gibney’s family moved to Seymour where he graduated from Seymour High School in 1936. In 1941 he graduated from Springfield College where he was co-captain of the baseball team and a member of the U.S. National baseball team that played in the amateur World Series in Cuba.

He served in the Navy for four years during World War II before leaving the ranks in 1945. In 1946 he returned to Berlin where he would spend the next 35 years of his life involved in teaching and coaching in the Berlin school system.

Gibney spent much of his time developing Berlin High School’s rich tradition in athletics. In thirty-two seasons as the baseball coach he led his team to six league championships and the state crown in 1957, while posting a lifetime record of 279 wins and 188 losses.

Gibney’s 1947 and 1948 football squads went undefeated winning the award as the best state class “C” team.

Gibney was athletic director at Berlin for twenty-eight years and was a charter member of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. He was also CHSCA chairman of the baseball, football, and basketball committees. In addition, he was class “C” representative to the CIAC board for twelve years.

In 1980 Gibney retired from Berlin High School but he remained very active with athletics, attending virtually every home or road contest.

The main gym at the high school was named in his honor in 1990 and he was enshrined into the CHSCA Hall of Fame in 1994.

Gibney was inducted posthumously into the Springfield College Athletic Hall Of Fame in October 2001. Gibney passed away November 2, 1997.

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