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A Fortunate Journey with Lindy RemiginoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/12/2018 5:04 PM

On Wednesday afternoon the world of track and field lost another legend as Lindy J. Remigino passed away at his Newington, Connecticut home in the loving care of his family. As my cherished father-in-law and mentor, Lindy was instrumental in the founding of MySportsResults.com in 2000. The following is shared as my special tribute to Lindy and our family.

Lindy and Ron

Dear Lindy,

Little did I realize the life journey I was starting on when I met your daughter Betty in the Fall of 1982 at the University of Connecticut. The genuine welcome from you and June to your family that was evident from the start was probably helped by our shared love of track and field, something that I gained by experiences at UConn under the tutelage of Bob Kennedy and Bill Kelleher.

My initial awe and amazement of your Olympic gold medal feats as well as your legendary coaching accomplishments was overcome by your genuine humility and the simple kindness shown by you and June by including me in activities at your Newington home. While activities included the normal birthday celebrations there were also the seasonal pre-track meet sessions at the dining room table.

I remember one of those first sessions during one spring weekend where Betty and I had stopped by the house to say hello that morphed into a work session of filling-out the small bib cards for several hundred athletes who were competing at your prestigious Hartford Public High School Outdoor Track and Field Invitational. As I looked around the table at the other ‘volunteers’ hard at work I remember feeling humbled by the years of experience of yourself, Bill Baron, Dick Brimley and Irv Black. During our many pre-meet gatherings since that day I would always look back and recall the hard work, patience and dedication required to successfully manage our track and field or cross-country invitational meets.

Another part of your personality that was always on display that has served me well in life is the notion of remembering the past to help in paying it forward to a new generation. I’m unsure if you knew you displayed this characteristic but your care for maintaining the state records for decades as well as making sure to get the correct details for each new performance is now a staple of my administration of our state records. This quality was certainly the basis for founding MySportsResults.com as we changed from hardcopy to on-line distribution of meet records, results and news. The standards of reporting that you influenced will continue to be an integral part of the site.

I’ve enjoyed and been blessed by a truly fortunate life with our family in sharing experiences with you that had included Betty’s UConn coaching accomplishments, your son Michael’s high school and collegiate track success, grandson Greg Moulthrop at Granby, Tom, Brian and Kelly Geer while at Glastonbury and my son Dave and daughter Liz on teams at Conard. The journey has now come full circle as I returned to coaching as an assistant at Conard High School for track and field and cross country that allowed me the opportunity to mentor your grandsons Matthew and Tyler. You will certainly be with me everyday during practice and at meets.

God bless your final trip home,

Ron

We Are in the Presence of GreatnessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/13/2018 11:55 AM

Submitted by Dave Smith, former Rockville HS Coach and Director of the Hartford Public High School Indoor Track & Field Invitational

With apologies to the folks who wrote scripts for M*A*S*H, the same can be said for Mr. Lindy Remigino, double Olympic gold medal winner and long-time track and field coach at Hartford Public High School.

Rightfully, so many people have placed Coach Remigino on a Mount Olympus of people who have made immeasurable contributions to the sport of high school track and field in Connecticut for more than fifty years. A place on that revered spot is reserved for only the very special people, just a small handful of very special people.

Not many of us ever have the chance to encounter true greatness, to feel its presence, to see it in action, and to be transformed by it, but the thousands of Hartford Public athletes who knew their coach also knew greatness. And therein lies his essence. Coach Remigino could walk off that mountain and spend his life striving to coach the rest of us at the ground level to be better people. And through it all he deflected the spotlight away from himself and shined it on his athletes who always were the focus of his attention.

When I was a lowly East Hartford High School sophomore, out for cross country for the first time, wondering what I got myself into, I heard about the Hartford Public Head Coach. His name was Lindy Remigino. OK. But then my friend on the team told me he won two gold medals at the 1952 Olympics. Awe. Curiosity. Why was he coaching cross country and track at the high school level?

When I saw him at meets he wasn’t nine feet tall with a halo over his head…he was talking to his runners and other coaches, and if I didn’t know better, I’d have thought he was just another coach. So wrong.

From time to time I wondered about those sacred medals. So precious. How does a winner protect such valuables?

So, flash forward many years, and Lindy asked me to take over as Meet Director at the indoor Hartford Invitation Track meet at Wesleyan, and I’m at his home in Newington, CT to discuss details and for him to answer any questions I may have. He’s on the telephone talking with another Olympian, and I’m there thinking what can I say to this man? His lovely wife June and I are chatting in their den, and I asked her about those gold medals. I said to her, “You must keep them in a safe deposit box because they are so valuable.” She said, “No, they’re right over there on the mantle.” Over there on the mantle? Just…right over there? Feeling like a little kid, I said, “May I see them.” She said, “Sure. They’re in that little box there.”

So, I opened the little box and there they were. Real Olympic gold medals.

Take me now.

As I held them in my hand, I flashed back to my early high school years when these nuggets were only ten years old. To all the times I watched Coach Remigino in action, and to wonder what it must be like to have earned them. And I’m holding them in my hand! Not wanting to appear too awe-struck, after what seemed to be only a few seconds, I returned them to their place on his mantle, and later, when he got off the phone, while he was preparing me to direct the Hartford Invitational, I might have heard something he said.

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Editor’s Note: The final Hartford Public High School Indoor Track & Field Invitational on January 8, 2011 held at Bacon Field House - Wesleyan University in Middletown was renamed the 68th Lindy J Remigino Indoor Track & Field Invitational in honor of former meet director Lindy Remigino.

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