Bill Robinson (1944 – ) & George Bruette (1927 – 2014)

Bill Robinson
Sport: Football, Minor Baseball
Position: Coach
Year of Induction: 2006

George Bruette
Sport: Football, Fastball
Position: Coach, Administrator
Year of Induction: 2006

About

George and Bill coached football together at John McGregor Secondary School from 1969 until 1986 when George retired from teaching and Bill became a school administrator. To say that they were successful on the field, is a gross understatement. During their careers, their teams posted an overall record of 145 wins, 14 losses, and 2 ties, a 90% winning record. In a span of 20 years they won 17 county championships and were finalists in two of the three non-championship seasons. George and Bill were inducted together in 2006.

Career Highlights
  • 1969-1979 – 13 straight championships (5 junior and 8 senior)
  • 1975-1980 – 46 game undefeated streak (more than 5 seasons)
  • 1974-1985 – 9 SWOSSA championships in 11 seasons
  • 11 undefeated seasons in career
  • 20 players who participated in university football after graduation
  • 1 player who played in the CFL
  • 1 player who became a university head coach

Their approach to coaching was 3-pronged. They taught sportsmanship, discipline, and teamwork and did it in different ways. According to one former player, “Bill would pat you on the back and George would kick you in the butt”. Bill and George were excellent communicators and superb motivators of young men and these two attributes were the major reasons for the success of their teams. As impressive as the records on the field were, the life lessons they taught their players were equally impressive.

In addition, Bill coached and umpired for 8 years for the Chatham Minor Baseball Association and coached and refereed for 5 years for the Chatham Minor Hockey Association. He was manager of the Sport Mart Slo-pitch team for 18 years while also pitching most of the games the team played. Since 1993 to the early 2010’s he was chairman of the Dr. Jack Parry Academic-Athletic Scholarship selection committee as well as serving on the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors since 1998.

George was also very active with the Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA). He umpired for 5 years, was Kent County convenor for 10 years, served on the Provincial Executive for 10 years, and was President of the Chatham and District Fastball League which became the Kent County Fastball League for 20 years.

George died in 2014 at the age of 86.

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