BINGHAMTON – Chenango County will have a strong presence at this year’s Section IV Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Saturday, March 6 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Coaches and athletes from Greene, Bainbridge-Guilford, Oxford, and Afton will receive induction including Bill Case and his daughters Emily and Erin of Greene; Courtney Mattingly of Bainbridge-Guilford, Tony Abbott of Oxford; and Afton’s Janet Conover and Cindy Bostelman.
Case coached the boys soccer team for 17 years, and led his teams to over 250 wins and one sectional championship, not a bad achievement for a man who never actually played soccer competitively.
Basketball, however, is where the Syracuse University product made his name. A captain his senior year for the Orange, Case briefly coached varsity boys basketball before turning to girls’ basketball at Whitney Point. He moved on to Greene where he coached for 22 seasons winning nine division titles, four league championships, and four straight sectional titles in the mid-’90s (five overall), his top finish being Final Four appearances in 1988 and1993. Case posted a 427-129 record, a .767 winning percentage, and was named coach of the year in his conference 10 times.
“He was such a good coach and a teacher, and I’ve borrowed many things from him,” said Case’s successor as the Greene varsity girls coach, Dave Gorton. “I really respect him and he’s a class act all the way.”