Trinity's Ogrodnik To Be Inducted Into New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Trinity College menís basketball coach Stan Ogrodnik was recently inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Ogrodnik, along with an impressive group that includes NBA stars Travis Best, Caron Butler, and Mike Gminski, NBA coach Lenny Wilkens, and Lousville head basketball coach Rick Pitino, was honored at the Ryan Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 19.

Ogrodnik has coached basketball at Trinity for 22 seasons, compiling a 367-156 overall record.  He coached the Bantams to four Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Championship titles, a fifth ECAC Finals appearance, and four NCAA Division III Championship Tournaments.  The Bantams advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 1998-99 and to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1994-95.

Ogrodnik joined the Trinity staff as an assistant in 1979 after nine very successful years as the head coach of East Catholic High School in Manchester, Conn., where he guided Eagle teams to a 162-49 record, two Class L state championships, three state runners-up, and five conference championships. He is also a physical education instructor and the director of special projects in the Trinity athletic department. Ogrodnikís diversified career has included coaching and speaking both in the United States and abroad. He served as an assistant with the British National Team in the 1988 Olympic Games.

 

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