Bill Sinclair Finished Career With Astounding 555-187 Record by Stressing Fundamentals, Team Spirit
By Steve Wilson // May 15, 2020
Sinclair hired by Eau Gallie High School in 1983
Bill Sinclair was incredibly successful as a coach, finishing his career with an astounding 555-187 record by stressing fundamentals and building team spirit and confidence.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Bill Sinclair grew up like many young children, he loved sports and would play stickball, kickball, pickup tag football and baseball. In the winter, you could find him skating on the frozen pond.
He played a number of organized sports at Malden Catholic High School and was co-captain of the baseball team, and he also played hockey and football.
Not only was he an athlete, but he was an excellent student, having served as a sportswriter and editor of the school newspaper.
Sinclair continued his education at the University of Massachusetts and played four years of lacrosse.
He began coaching in 1979 at which time he was playing men’s softball and coaching a women’s team.
In 1983, Sinclair was hired by Eau Gallie High School and he coached football and soccer. The following year, he was named softball coach and he remained head coach of the team until 2010.
He was incredibly successful as a coach, finishing his career with an astounding 555-187 record by stressing fundamentals and building team spirit and confidence.
In 1989, he led the Commodores to a state championship, defeating Cardinal Newman 3-1. In 2005, the Commodores lost to Palm Harbor 1-0 in the state final.
However, it was the road to the final game that was special. According to Sinclair, the crowds and atmosphere of the District, Region and Final Four were something to remember. And, his 500th win ranks high on his list of special memories.
When asked what he misses most about coaching, he says without hesitation, it is the players. Sinclair said, “I had a great run and it was time to move on.”
They say, if you leave a place better off than when you arrived, you have been successful. Sinclair has been successful as Eau Gallie High School, Brevard County and the state of Florida are all better off having him involved in education and in coaching.
THE 2020 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME Banquet and Induction Ceremony rescheduled date will be announced in June.
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The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame selection committee announced an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2020 Class of the Hall of Fame.
The 2020 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Sports Awards will be held Friday, May 8 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.
The festivities include a meet and greet with the area’s sports royalty beginning at 6 p.m., and the dinner and induction proceeding will start at 6:45 p.m. and includes compelling video tributes of each of the inductees.
The 2020 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction event, and the 2020 High School Breakfast of Champions recognition awards, are sponsored by Health First, Erdman Automotive, All Points, Clear Choice Health Care, Savings Safari, Friday Night Locker Room and Rock Paper Simple.
The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame includes an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2020 Class of the Hall of Fame.
Dozens of nominees were considered in four categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports.
Special honorary recognition will also be bestowed upon individuals and teams that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.
Space Coast Daily created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and has so far inducted more than 160 of Brevard County’s most outstanding athletes, coaches and sports personalities.
Serving on the committee are Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Zach Clark, the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson and Orville Susong, former Health First COO Larry Garrison and Amateur Athletic Union Vice President Rusty Buchanan.
“The list of inductees for 2020 induction include athletes and coaches everybody knows – and some that may have been forgotten with the passing of time,” said Tom Palermo.
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SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2020
• PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Jamel Dean, Football; Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Wrestling; Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Football; Mark Lake, Skateboarding; Juwaan Taylor, Football
• COLLEGE CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Derek Hamm, Football; Paulette King, Basketball; Dylan Lewis, Soccer; Melanie Murphy, Softball
• PREP CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Lexy Denaburg, Volleyball; Apryl Bigham Nickson, Swimming; Andi Sellers, Soccer
• AMATEUR/RECREATION CATEGORY INDUCTEE: Peter Blount, Track & Field; Karina Villegas, Sled Hockey; Caylor Williams, Wrestling
• COACHING CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Sean Ballard, Wrestling; Doug Butler, Cross County and Track; Aubin Goporo, Basketball; Gerald Hodgin, Football; Bill Sinclair, Softball; Don Smith, Basketball
• SPORTS DEVELOPMENT INDUCTEE: Loren McClanahan
• LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEE: Clint Hurdle
• SPORTS OFFICIAL INDUCTEES: Ted Ruta
• SPORTS JOURNALISM INDUCTEES: Steve Vaughn
• SPORTS AMBASSADOR AWARD INDUCTEE: Congressman Bill Posey
• CHALLENGER AWARDS INDUCTEES: Brevard Special Olympics
• TEAM OF THE YEAR: 2019 Satellite High Cross Country
• LEGACY CHAMPIONS: Orville Susong and Steve Wilson, Friday Night Locker Room
• SPECIAL TRIBUTE: TBA
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