CHESHIRE, Conn. – In celebration of exceptional careers of service to CAS-CIAC, seven distinguished honorees will be recognized as the fifth class in the CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor. Earle Bidwell, Harold Goldberg, Art Kohs, Tom Murray, Armand Regalbuti, George Synnott, and Margaret Williamson will be honored at the induction ceremony being held on Thursday, May 26 at the AquaTurf Club in Southington. This class of honorees was originally scheduled to to be recognized in the spring of 2020.
The CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor which was established to honor individuals who have made significant long-term contributions to CAS-CIAC. Tickets to the event honoring the inductees are available to the public and can be purchased at https://gofan.co/app/school/CIAC, and additional information about the Hall of Honor is available at http://CIACsports.com/hallofhonor.
2019-20 CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor Honorees:
Earle Bidwell was a staple of CAS middle level programs for decades both as a contributor and then as a staff member. A longtime middle level principal he was named the CAS Middle Level Principal of the year while serving in that role at Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School, and would also earn CAS Citations and Letter of Commendation. He then supported the expansion of Middle Level programs and oversaw several recognition events for more than a decade as a CAS Assistant Executive Director.
Harold Goldberg (will be honored posthumously) was a trailblazer in several venues during a lengthy career. He spent a remarkable 40 years as the Principal at Clark Lane Middle School, and served a variety of CAS-CIAC roles including becoming the second middle school principal to be CAS President. He was later selected CAS Principal of the Year among many CAS honors, and he also was an instrumental figure in the early years of the highly-successful CIAC Unified Sports program later in his career.
The founder of the athletics program at Xavier High School, Art Kohs (will be honored posthumously) was also deeply involved in leadership organizations across the state. A longtime and highly successful coach and AD at Xavier, while also serving as a longtime member of CIAC Boys Basketball and Boys Tennis Committees, and helped form and serve on the CIAC’s critical Season Limitations Committee. He was highly involved in the Athletics Directors and Coaches Associations and also served the state as a longtime soccer official.
Tom Murray was involved in the highly successful boys and girls basketball tournaments for three decades, along with a long career of involvement in CIAC and the CHSCA. He was a highly-successful teacher and coach at Branford High School which earned him spots in both the Branford and CHSCA Halls of Fame. He was a longtime consultant with CHSCA and his involvement with officiating helped him serve the critical role of assigning officials for both CIAC basketball tournaments from 1990-2018.
Armand Regalbuti has an impressive legacy of work with CAS-CIAC and as an administrator at the middle school level. He was the first person to hold the position of CAS-CIAC Assistant Executive for Middle Level Education after a distinguished career as an educator and administrator that earned him numerous accolades from CAS including the coveted CAS Citation and a letter of commendation. He was a valuable member of multiple CAS committees and served as the chairperson of the Junior/Middle Level CAS Board.
George Synnott (will be honored posthumously) made his mark in several roles through the course of his career both as a fixture on CAS-CIAC boards and committees and as a staff member for CIAC Unified Sports. As a principal at Berlin High School he served as chair of the CIAC Board of Control and earned CAS Citation and letter of commendation. He then joined the Unified Sports staff and helped foster great growth and success for the organization during his tenure as Assistant Director and Director.
Margaret Williamson is still serving CAS-CIAC in a variety of roles, continuing a long history of work with the organization. The current Principal of the St. Mary’s School and longtime Principal at Northwest Catholic, she is the chair of the CIAC Girls Basketball and Girls Lacrosse Committees, and has been a member of the CIAC Board of Control, serving as the Vice Chair of that organization. She received the honor of a CAS Citation in 2018 and a letter of Commendation in 2013.